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JoAnn Matthews

      JoAnn Matthews has been involved with students having challenging behaviors for the pat 20 years. Her career began as a special education teacher in a small rural school with a high at-risk population in southeast Louisiana. There, her students excelled beyond the expectations of the regular education students. Her talents in dealing with at-risk students were quickly recognized by her district, which led to her being promoted to a middle school principal for a school containing a large number of at-risk students.

       As principal, she introduced new innovating programs, which reduced the absentee rate, reduced the out-of-school suspension rate, increased parental involvement, and most important, increased test scores. Within a very short time, her demands on her teachers, students, and parents had changed the image of the school from one, which was not student friendly to one, which had parents waiting for an opportunity to send their children to. Her leadership skills led to her becoming Supervisor of Personnel and later Superintendent in her district.

       Her sense of humor, combined with a message based on real life experiences has made her a sought after speaker. Her message is one that everyone wants to hear.

Topics Include:

  • "Cultural Diversity in the Classroom"
  • "Teaching Children, Challenging Teachers"

To request information on JoAnn Matthews, e-mail jmatthews@educationspeakersgroup.com

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