Joanna Atkinson-Cornthwaite

My career path began at age 19 in 1994 with my acceptance into the Concurrent Education program at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. The program was a concurrent degree housed at Trent University with a duel enrollment at Queen's University.

I obtained a BA Hons, a four-year honours undergraduate degree, from Trent University in 1998, my major was Geography and my minor was English.

I worked concurrently on my education degree. I focussed on a degree in Primary/Junior education with a minor in Special Education. By my convocation in June 1999, I had completed five practicum sessions, including an amazing experience at the Trillium Demonstration School in Milton, Ontario.

In September 1999, I began working for the Simcoe County District School Board. I had a full-time position teaching Grade 1 and 2 at Tecumseth North Public School, a rural elementary school. I also taught for three years at East Oro Elementary, another rural elementary school.

I married my amazing husband James in July of 2001. We began our lives together in Orillia Ontario before deciding to move back to his home province of British Columbia in 2003.

We chose to settle in Nanaimo and I began working for Sylvan Learning Centre before starting work as a TTOC in September of 2006 for Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools. My first contract position was at Rock City Elementary. I have also worked at Ladysmith Intermediate, Coal Tyee, Frank J. Ney, Brechin and now McGirr Elementary School.

In 2005 our oldest son arrived and our world has never been the same. Our youngest son arrived four years later in 2009. He is brave, determined and laughs from the depths of his soul.

Both of our children are a joy and delight.

In 2010, I began a massive adventure in education! With the support of my husband James and my mother, I started my Masters in Education at Vancouver Island University. I completed my thesis in August of 2012 and my convocation was in January 2013. It was a shining moment that I will never forget!

Professionally, I strive to be an advocate for children with exceptionalities. I continue to find ways for the students I work with to have meaningful and fulfilling educational experiences.

  • Work
    • SCDSB, Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools (SD #68)
  • Education
    • B.A. Hons, B.Ed., M.Ed.