Keynote Speaker 2018

We are pleased to have Joanna Schimizzi as our Spring 2018 Keynote Speaker!


Joanna Schimizzi is a National Board Certified Biology teacher and was recognized as a MeckEd Teacher of Excellence. She taught Biology and AP Biology in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for over 9 years before leaving the classroom to work from home and stay home with her son. Joanna currently collaborates with Special Education teachers across the state to teach Biology through the OCS Program at North Carolina Virtual Public Schools. Joanna is committed to public schools and collaborates with organizations such as Hope Street Group, the Public School Forum, and the NC Association for Educators to include educator voice in policy discussions. Joanna also works on the national level through collaboration with Student Achievement Partners, the College Board, ISKME and the George Lucas Education Foundation. She believes there is no stronger support for increasing student outcomes than a committed teacher who continues to grow, learn and collaborate. Joanna is a proud UNCC 2007 alumnae with a degree in Dance Education and Biology.