Joanne graduated with a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Ulster, Coleraine in 1999. Volunteering in schools and experience in sports coaching made pursuing a career in education a natural choice and she completed her PGCE in Secondary English and Drama at Newcastle University in 2000.
Joanne began her career as an English teacher at Gosforth High School, Newcastle where she also acted as the lead for A-level English Literature. From there she moved to Monkseaton High School in North Tyneside, as Lead Teacher of KS4 and KS5 English.
An interest in coaching, mentoring and CPD for teachers led her to work as a Secondary English Advisor for Northumberland Local Authority. In this role she worked across the county and its fifty-four secondary and secondary deemed middle schools to develop and improve English delivery, monitoring and quality assurance through a universal offer of support and targeted intervention.
Joanne joined Teesside University in 2013 as Principal Lecturer in Education with the core responsibility of managing and developing the Ofsted processes around the Initial Teacher Education provision offered at Teesside University and across its partnership colleges. Since then her role has widened and she was appointed Principal Lecturer Programmes (Education) in 2017.
Whilst working Joanne completed an MSc Psychology at Northumbria University (2011) and an MA Education at Durham University (2010). On joining Teesside University she completed a PGCLTHE in 2014 and became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2016.
Growing up abroad and a long time love of travelling has led Joanne to teach abroad in various locations within Europe and further afield and she also has experience of teaching within the private sector and at primary level.
Joanne continues to undertake consultancy work in the area of school improvement at whole-school and subject levels.