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Jo-Anne grew up in London, Ontario, and attended London Teachers College. She received her bachelor's degree from York University and her master's degree from Niagara University. She also holds an International Special Education Diploma.
In her career as a teacher she has taught grades K through 8 and served as a board consultant, administrator, and instructor for the University of Western Ontario. She is currently supervisor, instructor, and cocoordinator at the Faculty of Education, Niagara University, Ontario site. Her areas of specialty are science, language, math and technology, and early childhood learning.
"Making a difference in the life of a child has inspired me to become a teacher," Jo-Anne says. "Over the years I have touched many children's lives. It's great when a former student returns as an adult to share the special memories that evolved from classroom experiences with you. Teaching keeps you young at heart and, as my grandsons have repeatedly said, 'Nana, you are just a big kid!'"