Born and raised in the Bay Area, Joan received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts from San Francisco State University. After receiving her Single Subject in English and Physical Education from San Francisco State University, she spent ten years at the high school level teaching drama and dance. During this time, Joan entered into leadership roles and returned to school to earn her Administrative Credential and Masters in Educational Leadership from California State University, Hayward. After four years as a high school assistant principal and eight years as a middle school assistant principal, Joan joined Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School as a principal in 2010. On a personal level, Joan is married with three children, two in college and one in middle school. They enjoy weekends on the soccer field, winters skiing and summers boating. She is committed to the success of all students and working in partnership with families to ensure their success.