Joanne Lawrence

Joanne Lawrence

Title: Language Educator
Company: Kennedy Catholic High School
Location: Seahurst, Washington, United States

Joanne Lawrence, Language Educator at Kennedy Catholic High School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in secondary education, volunteerism and advocacy for people with disabilities.

Passionate about helping others and representing people with disabilities, Ms. Lawrence has dedicated her career to education and advocacy. She is the first teacher in her family and has been a teacher at Kennedy Catholic High School at Burien, WA, from 1987 to 2016. She holds an Associate of Arts from Clark Junior College in Vancouver, Canada, and has furthered her education at the University of Washington, Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle Central Community College and Renton Technical College. Furthermore, Ms. Lawrence holds certification in American Sign Language from the State of Washington.

A polio survivor, Ms. Lawrence understands the difficulties associated with living and working with a disability. She founded Disabled Americans Have Rights Too (DAHRT) in 1993 in order to change negative attitudes people hold toward those with disabilities. In recognition of her efforts, she has been lauded with the Advocacy Award from the City of Burien, the Cultural Diversity Award from Nordstroms, a Trophy from the Governor’s Committee and a Woman’s Advocacy Award. Ms. Lawrence has been a board member of the governor’s committee on disability and employment issues in Seattle, WA, from 1990 to 1996 and has also authored children’s books that inspire all children that they are the future leaders of the world. As a further testament to her success, Ms. Lawrence has been presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in the 68th and 69th editions of Who’s Who in America.

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