Ms. Joan, a Tutor Who Teaches
Ms. Joan, a Tutor Who Teaches
My entire personal and professional life has been committed to remaining true to myself and sharing what I believe will help children. As a former JCPS parent, grandmother, teacher, and curriculum specialist, as well as a former Center for Leadership in School Reform Senior Associate who worked with Phil S., I have been blessed to learn how to merge the real world of children with the school district’s world of educating children. During my nine years with CLSR, I am proud to share that I facilitated Memphis City Schools' transformation from junior high schools to middle schools.
During my days in the classroom, at the district level, and as an educational consultant, I learned things that have given me a strong desire to share my knowledge and experience with others. My drive to support children is why I have committed my time and experiences toward sustaining a place where children and families are challenged to use resources to enhance their lives. My instructional strategies are a blending approach reflecting expert concepts--Marazano's Instructional Strategies such as Identifying Similarities and Differences, Summarizing and Note Taking, Setting Objectives and Recognizing Effort; CLSR's Working on the Work Design Qualities such as Authenticity, Choice, and Novelty; and a clear emphasis on using Power Verbs to drive instruction.
I am pleased to have had the pleasure of working with Raymond F., ex JCPS Supplemental Educational Service Coordinator. His leadership was instrumental in my designing and overseeing the implementation of Yes! All Students Can Learn (YASCL), out-of-school program for more than five years. As the director and instructional tutor, I remained a student of learning to ensure that each tutor and other staff members were doing the right things; thus promoting YASCL as a Supplemental Service Provider that created a learning culture where our children experienced good things each and every day.
I serve as a Spalding University adjunct professsr who provides real life teaching experiences while blending educational concepts into my Curriculum and Methods 560 class for preservice teachers. Endless hours of providing critical constructive leadership and affirmative support to the future teachers continues to be one of my personal goals because children must be first in the hearts and minds of any services that I provide.
Although I am retired, I am still committed to helping students with meeting academic and social expectations. As the director of Burnett Avenue Teen Summit, I coordinate and design the program curriculum to ensure that it is aligned with Kentucky Core Academic Standards and Jefferson County Public Schools Goals. Teen Summit is a community wide program that celebrates diversity, encourages students to act with a strong mind, affirms the importance of exemplifying positive leadership, and influences students to possess unfailing faithfulness to academic achievement. Each characteristic focuses students on being successful during their postsecondary life. Being genuine, loyal, and committed are characteristics that have driven my passion to be a server of young people. As a lifelong educator, I recognize how important it is to build and sustain caring and supportive relationships with youth and their families as well as affirm the efforts of young people as they strive to make a difference in their own lives.
I have always considered myself as an exemplary teacher and educational program and curriculum designer because my efforts speak for me, but more important, those whom I have touched and those I am currently working with will testify that I am truly a child advocate who believes that each child can learn each day.
Joan hasn’t set a schedule.