For Julie and Thomas Bliemel, a firm foundation and a global perspective go hand in hand. Over the past 11 years, The Peck School “family” has anchored them with a strong and supportive community, while at the same time, their ties to relatives outside the region and across the world have shaped them in profound ways.
So how did the Bliemel family plant roots in Northern New Jersey while nurturing branches across the Atlantic? It began when a young woman from St. Louis met a young man from Germany while they were both working for Citibank in New York.
Thomas originally travelled to the US as a member of a university exchange program. He flourished in this new environment, decided to stay on and complete his MBA, and then made his way to Citbank. Julie, who graduated from The University of Texas with a degree in finance, transferred to New York from the Dallas office of Citibank. They were married in 1998.
After relocating to Chatham, NJ, and as their eldest son, Alec, approached kindergarten age, they made the decision to search for a private school with smaller class sizes and more individualized attention. “A neighbor recommended Peck,” explains Julie, “and we came on a tour. We immediately loved the school and knew we had found the perfect fit.” Several years later, they also enrolled their younger son, Marc.
To the Bliemels, Peck became a nurturing environment with a truly supportive parent community. “I wish people knew how strong the parent community is at Peck,” says Julie. “Parents really care here, and they are invested. That trickles down to our kids, and kids see that commitment, and then the whole family buys in.”