JULIE MAURER, M.S., Secondary Education

Director, Themba Tutors LLC

Julie Maurer currently serves as the Director at Themba Tutors, working closely for over two years with Craig Selinger, the CEO, supervising a team of over 60 tutors and serving over 75 families and adult clients.


Ms. Maurer is also the part-time Education Director at the Gotham Center for New York City History located at the Graduate Center/CUNY. Since 2001, Maurer created the K-12 division, GothamEd, which has developed and disseminated hundreds of courses, institutes, and programs about New York City history, offering quality professional development for teachers and new resources and methods proven to advance student learning. These workshops have directly served over 7,500 teachers, designed in partnership with leading governmental and educational organizations, such as the City University of New York and NYC Department of Education, as well as prominent cultural institutions, like Historic House Trust, City Lore, and the New-York and Brooklyn historical societies.


Maurer's grant management experience at the Gotham Center includes 1) serving as the university partner on nine Teaching American History (TAH) federal multi-year grants, in partnership with several NYC public school districts from 2003 thru 2012. 2) Maurer initiated and co-managed two city-wide TAH grants in partnership with NYC s DOE Central Office. This program developed and evaluated a Teacher Leadership Program in American History, which sought to reach American history teachers in elementary and middle schools citywide. One hundred and fifty teachers became staff developers for colleagues at their schools. NYC s DOE adopted the program as one of its models for professional development. 3) The Gotham Center was also awarded two Teaching with Primary Sources grants from the Library of Congress. Dr. Wasserman served as the Project Director, and Maurer was the Project Coordinator. The program developed new ways of using primary sources in the classroom and served over 400 teachers. Its successful outcome continues to be shared at yearly regional and national conferences.


Julie Maurer is also an art, history, and museum educator specializing in architecture and design education. For thirty years, she has been designing programs, publications, and exhibitions for cultural institutions and community groups in New York City and the tri-state area. Her work combines disciplines to create innovative programs for all ages. Some highlights include developing Henry Street Settlement s “Architecture & Design and Community Studies Project, which received the 2000 President s Art and Humanities Award for Youth, and “City of Neighborhoods: Bridging School and Community,” a nationwide program with the National Design Museum and Learning By Design, NYAIA.


In 1998, Maurer was awarded an independent grant from the Architecture, Planning and Design Program of the New York State Council on the Arts to create an exhibition and public forums on Making Our City Livable: Community Design Projects By and For Youth.  She is the author of My Preservation Journal, an architecture, design, and preservation book for children, co-writer of the Historic District Council s “Community As Classroom,” and other K-12 curricula with museums and arts organizations. Before coming to the Gotham Center, Maurer served as Director of Education at the South Street Seaport Museum and the Central Park Conservancy.


Julie can be reached at julie@thembatutors.com