Dr. Joanna C. Perkins

Mother, educator, and Writer in North Carolina

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About the name Perkins’ Pieces: My motto is to keep picking up the pieces because kids deserve it. I am also just too curious to leave life's puzzles undone.

Personally, my boys are my life: wife to Stanley, official mom to Nolan, and dog mom of Cooper (plus a lizard and turtle now, haha). I have one official son but many more adopted sons and daughters I have called "my kids" over the years!

Currently I work as the Student Services Coordinator for Lee County Schools, North Carolina. I am a public school PK-14 educator, instructional coaching specialist, and literacy advocate. I am one of the few but proud NCPAPA (North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association) Future Ready Leaders Cohort members for 2021-22. My newest adventures are with Central Carolina Community College (cccc.edu/promise) and obtaining my AIG Specialist license K-12 (assisting at J Glenn Edwards Elementary). I am a former Assistant Principal at SanLee Middle, an AVID National Demonstration School in Sanford, NC. I am a former district Lead Teacher for ELA/Secondary Literacy, co-writer of the 6-12 LCS Literacy Framework, a former AVID District Director, and I am humbled to have been Lee County Schools 2014-15 district Teacher of the Year, representing Southern Lee High School.

I taught middle and high school English, middle school Humanities (Social Studies), AVID elective, and Advanced Placement Language & Composition. With my time in New York City and North Carolina, I had the opportunity to teach each grade level and configuration of 6-12, including Honors, Inclusion, and English/ELA (Engish Language Arts) or Social Studies.

I worked for many years as a curriculum developer for public schools' initiatives through the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University and Writing Matters via Barnard. My teaching included District 79 in the Bronx (juvenile prison setting) and being a founding teacher of Mott Hall Bridges Academy in Brooklyn (featured in Humans of New York and NY Times).

I hold a BA in English (concentration in Creative Writing, Art History, Spanish/Cultural Anthropology) from MBC as a PEG and an MA/Ed from Hunter CUNY as a New York City Teaching Fellow in English/Adolescent Ed. I earned my Ed. S. and Ed. D. in Educational Leadership from Wingate University.

Personal email: [email protected]

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  • Work
    • Lee County Schools
  • Education
    • Hunter College
    • Mary Baldwin College
    • Wingate University