Joanne was raised on a farm in northwest Minnesota and was taught the value of respecting the natural world from a young age. She attended the University of Iowa and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. As an educator, she enjoyed writing curricula and developing hands-on activities that allowed students to apply their knowledge to real-world situations. After spending thirty-two years in the classroom, she has retired from teaching public school.
Joanne is committed to being a lifelong learner and spends her time reading, caring for animals and making her backyard into a mini-farm. She is excited to use her passion for nature and learning to bring engaging activities to the Fort Worth community.
We respectfully acknowledge that the Fort Worth Botanic Garden is located on traditional lands of Indigenous Peoples. We honor the ancestry, heritage, and gifts of all Indigenous Peoples who were sustained by these lands and give thanks to them. We are grateful that these lands continue to provide enrichment for many people today. [More…]