Joanie was in the very first class (1989) of P.E.A.S.E. She went from failing and feeling lost in school, to a classroom where every lesson and assignment was an act of love, compassion and community. With that foundation, Joanie went on to obtain an MFA in sculpture, and now works in the film/photo industry. In an unimaginable twist, Joanie’s greatest gift is now raising her own children. She still can’t believe she’s on the PTA.
When she thinks back to her time at P.E.A.S.E., she remembers educators who believed in her.