Joanne Kim earned a B.A. in History and Classical Civilization from the University of California-Los Angeles and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. While working on programming for a museum and archive of Cold War material culture, Joanne found she so enjoyed sharing her passion for the archival materials and their associated historical narratives with others that she decided to become a teacher and joined Teach for America. She completed her coursework to become certified in secondary education at Loyola Marymount University and taught social studies at the middle and high school levels in Los Angeles before moving to Oregon in 2019 to better commune with the electric green moss and daffodils of Portland. Joanne is also a ceramicist and enjoys singing in community choirs. Joanne has been with Northwest Academy since January 2020 and is a high school English teacher.