Joan was released from the Fairbanks School District. In Fairbanks, she mentors at Ben Eielson Jr. and Sr. High. In the Delta/Greely District, she mentors at Delta Junction High School and Ft. Greely Middle School. In the Alaska Gateway District, she works at Tok Middle and High Schools. In the Copper River School District, her schools include Glenellen Elementary and High Schools. The schools she serves in the Northwest Arctic School District include Kotzebue Middle and High Schools, Shugnak School, and Ambler School. Joan's teaching experience focuses on secondary language arts, with experience teaching in both urban and rural areas. She was an adjunct faculty for the University of Alaska School of Education from 1991-1993, and is a member of the board of the State Writing Consortium.