Macon State College MVPs is a web feature that profiles notable students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Full Name: Julie Santiago.
Originally From: Georgia native.
Family: Husband, Marc; son, Ryan; two really old cats, Jenny and Tyler; and one really ugly dog, Buster.
Job Title: Assistant professor of information technology.
Degrees: B.A., English, Clemson University; master of management information systems, Georgia College & State University; doctor of education (in progress, Georgia Southern University.
Year she joined the Macon State faculty: 2002.
Some of her teaching career highlights are … "If I had to pick a single highlight, it would be the first presentation that I made at a professional conference. I was scared to death but got through it. For a highlight that happens each semester, it would be teaching programming to students who are convinced that they will NEVER program anything. I absolutely love proving them wrong."
She enjoys teaching at Macon State because ... "We have the most wonderful and diverse group of students here. We have students who are fresh out of high school, students who have a career and family at home, and students who are retired and have now returned to school. I also love the fact that many of our students are working (or worked) in the information technology field and can bring their own experiences and knowledge to the classroom."
Her favorite course to teach is … "'Application Development.' Programming is all about breaking down the solution to a problem into individual steps so a complete solution can be created. Sounds like a good metaphor for life, doesn’t it?"
One thing people don’t know about Macon State is … "Have you seen our new Professional Sciences and Conference facility? It is absolutely beautiful and something that should make everyone at Macon State proud."
One thing people don’t know about her is … "I have mountain biked in eight different states, including quite a few out West. They grow the mountains quite big out there."
In her spare time she likes to … "I love biking and spending time outdoors with my family, reading and playing Mario Kart with my husband. I even beat him sometimes."
The one person she'd most like to meet is … "Amelia Earhart. She was a pioneer for the success of women in a man’s world, and she loved the challenge of adventure."
If she wasn’t a college professor she would be ... "It would be great to be a park ranger or biologist as I love the outdoors. However, in reality, I’d probably be a programmer."