Executive Director, Curriculum and Instruction at Cleveland Public Schools
After graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Joanna was selected as a 2007 Teach For America (TFA) Corps Member and was placed in the Glendale Elementary School District in Arizona. While in the corps, Joanna taught fifth and sixth grade and concurrently earned a Masters of Education at Arizona State University.
After spending an additional year in the classroom as a seventh and eighth grade science teacher Joanna joined the Teach For America staff; on TFA staff she served as a Program Director, supporting and coaching thirty first and second year teachers. While serving as a Program Director, Joanna also took on additional responsibilities as a School Director for Teach For America’s summer institute and as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Missouri at St. Louis. Joanna subsequently rose to become a Manager of Instructional Leadership and, ultimately, Director of Instructional Support. In this role, Joanna specifically supported teachers at five schools and developed a coaching model that included an emphasis on teacher practice that was implemented across 25 coaches.
In 2015 Joanna joined Cleveland Public Schools as the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction. She is currently responsible for creating a comprehensive vision for student learning in the district, supporting principals in developing instructional leadership skills through classroom observations, feedback, and professional development, and managing the implementation of a 5-year strategic plan for a 1,700 student district in rural Oklahoma.
Education: Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration (University of Oklahoma, projected fall 2017), Masters of Education in Elementary Education and Teaching (Arizona State University), Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Speech Communication (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)