Joanie Plake - Lead Teacher - 2nd Grade
Joanie is excited for her third year at CWC Mar Vista as a Lead Teacher in Second Grade! Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, she attended Penn State University where she earned a BA in Communications and a minor in Business. Joanie realized her true passion was working with children and, therefore, moved to NYC to pursue a dual MA degree in Childhood and Special Education from New York University. Shortly after graduation, she became a lead literacy teacher for Harlem RBI, a summer program affiliated with DREAM Charter School that uses baseball as a way to encourage reading and writing. In the fall, she joined the staff at The Brooklyn New School, a place where students are encouraged to think deeply and construct their own meaning about the world around them through projects and hands-on experiences. Over the years, BNS inspired Joanie to develop unique curriculums across the subject areas that kept her students engaged and fostered a true love of learning. When Joanie isn’t teaching, she keeps herself busy by practicing yoga, running and traveling.