Dr. Joanie James is a retired Assistant Professor at the University of Wyoming of the College of Education. She is a one of the board members of the AWWLC.
Joanie and her husband, Tom, have fostered/adopted four teenage girls and now have five grandchildren. Joanie has taught for over 45 years and has extensive experience as a kindergarten, 4th/5th multi-age, and special education (LD, EI, MI, ADHD, Autistic) teacher. Throughout her career, Joanie has had the pleasure of teaching many ELL students. Not only has Joanie taught at the elementary and middle school levels, she has also taught and mentored hundreds of UW College of Education pre-service teachers. Along with her PhD in Curriculum & Instruction and her National Board Teacher Certification, Joanie is an avid proponent of finding ways to engage students in minds-on, memorable, differentiated, and intrinsically motivating learning experiences in all educational settings.