As an educator, Joan started her career as a classroom teacher in a
school that bordered the Navajo Reservation, teaching 6th grade reading and
writing to American Indian students. Her experience in the classroom led
her to seek experiences where students could joyfully learn, and she
transitioned from the classroom to leading a community-based out-of-school
time Americorps program in southwest D.C. Joan’s commitment to schools that
incorporate social emotional learning led her to co-found Monument Academy
Public Charter School, a residential boarding school in Washington D.C.
that places equal emphasis on well-being and academics for youth in foster
care. Joan has also been a Fulbright Fellow and spent a year in Finland
observing classrooms and learning the systems that comprise the world’s
best public education system. She brings deep edtech expertise to the
Purpose Project, having served as a fellow at the Office of Educational
Technology at the U.S. Department of Education and as a consultant to
districts and charters across the country on implementing personalized
learning in schools. Joan has an M.S. Ed in Reading, Writing, and Literacy
and a B.A in Communications, both from the University of Pennsylvania.
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