Joann received a B.S.N from Widener University and a master’s in Health Education from St. Joseph’s University. After working in the nursing field for many years, Joann became a stay at home mom to homeschool her children. Having nine children, Joann has been homeschooling for over twenty years. The Johnson family resides in southeastern Pennsylvania. Their oldest daughter is residing in Tennessee and their son is in the Air Force. They raise dairy goats and are actively involved in 4H.
Hearing Andrew Pudewa speak, Joann eagerly began teaching IEW classes in small in-home settings and at a co-op. Since she loved the “Suzuki” method of teaching writing, she became a Certified Institute for Excellence in Writing teacher. She values how writing can be taught through a nonthreatening, methodical technique, much like a musical instrument, while simultaneously teaching a child how to think and express himself.
Over the years Joann has been the administrator for two different hybrid schools as well as a homeschool co-op. Leaving those positions to resume her love of teaching, Joann has been teaching online and in-home classes. Joann has several children with learning differences and has sought methods that will work for many learning styles. IEW is her favorite method for teaching children writing and grammar. Joann enjoys seeing the transformation of her students writing and the excitement that they exhibit when they are successful from the very first day.
Online classes can be difficult for students to feel part of a class. Knowing this, Joann works to help her students feel connected in the classroom and part of a group. She encourages verbal participation and allows webcam use when possible for public speaking with parental permission.
The Lord led me and my husband, Mike, to adopt a little girl in 1995. We developed a relationship with the foster parents that had been caring for her since birth. Through this relationship, I noticed that there was something different about this family. Over time I experienced their love for others and especially for Jesus Christ. I did not understand, but I knew that I was being called to something! In December of 1996, on the floor of my bathroom, on the telephone with my friend, I accepted Jesus as my Savior and Lord.
After my husband accepted Christ, we became involved in our church in many aspects including teaching Sunday school and Wednesday night ministries. Having a handicapped child, forced us to find a church that was wheelchair accessible and led us to the Baptist church that we now attend, where I teach Sunday school for kindergarteners and first graders.
My faith grew stronger through the many trials that my family endured including the adoption of a special needs child from Vietnam and the unexpected death of our oldest child. I believe that God brings us through these trials to help others when they are in need.
Learning about God’s grace and power, I am amazed everyday what He provides for my family. I have learned to trust Christ and rely on Him for my strength.
Spending time with my children and grandchildren is my favorite thing to do!! We enjoy cooking together, cheesemaking, reading, swimming, coloring. My children participate in 4H and I am actively involved with helping the children care for our goats and show them. We have three dogs and two cats and occasionally chickens. I enjoy sewing, embroidering, and quilting. Traveling has recently become extremely fascinating to me as my son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren live across the country. I love to see historical sites and meet any of my students when I can.