Joan relocated to the Kearsarge region in 1999 and currently lives in Warner, NH with her husband, George, her sons, Ryan (PA ‘12) and Connor (PA ‘13) and her daughter, Linnea (PA ’17). Her daughter, Morgan (PA ‘08), is attending The Columbia University Law School. Joan and her family are outdoor enthusiasts, enjoying the lakes and mountains of New England throughout the year, especially swimming, hiking, and boating.
After graduating from Saint Michael’s College in 1982 with a B.A. in English and a second major in Fine Arts/Drama, Joan worked in theatre, fine arts, and education. She studied and worked at the University of Connecticut and the Catholic University of America. After working for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, NY, Joan began her teaching career. She earned her M.Ed. at Saint Peter’s College in 1990. Joan joined the St. Peter’s Department of Education as a lecturer and adjunct professor, working with undergraduate and graduate students until 1999. Whether teaching incoming freshman or supervising student teachers, Joan worked to continue teaching classes in adult literacy, study skills, and SAT preparations for high school students. Her focus on reading, writing, and learning skills led her to collaboration with the St. Peter’s Institute for Urban Education and the Summer Academy Program.
Once settled in Warner, Joan worked to promote community involvement, literacy, and social activism, writing for a local paper. She volunteered and worked as an educator in the Kearsarge Regional School District for two years. She was a paraprofessional in special education, assisting students with learning differences who attended the Kearsarge Regional Elementary School in New London, NH.
Joan’s opportunity to refocus herself on secondary students’ learning and literacy came in 2008, when she became a full-time learning specialist in Proctor's Learning Skills Department. To advance her skills in the area of executive functioning/ADHD coaching, as well as improve her teaching skills, Joan has attended several workshops and classes at The Landmark Institute of Education and Landmark College. She recently attended The Learning and The Brain Conference of 2013 in Boston, MA. Since 2004, Joan has worked in the Proctor’s Norris Family Theatre as a seamstress, and she now collaborates and directs the technical work for costumes and props for each year’s productions.