Title: Teacher, Reading Specialist, Special Education
Company: Paterson Board of Education
Location: Maplewood, New Jersey, United States
Joan P. Perry, Reading Specialist at Paterson Board of Education, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in reading education.
Inspired to enter the educational realm by her youngest daughter, who struggled with learning disabilities, Ms. Perry worked with her though her difficulties and desired to help other kids on their learning journeys as well. Since 2012, she has worked as a reading specialist for the Paterson Board of Education, building off earlier experience as an English teacher and career advisor at the Metropolitan Technical Institute in Fairfield, New Jersey from 1995 to 2002. Ms. Perry received a Bachelor of Education from New Jersey City University in 2005 and a Master’s degree in reading from Montclair State University in 2012, along with a Master of Education in special education and Certificate in Educational Leadership and Supervision from William Paterson University in 2018. Notably, she was the recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award from Paterson Public Schools in 2009 and Best Supporting Special Education Teacher at Public School 26 from 2005 to 2008. In 2019, she was granted an Award of Appreciation for Outstanding Service by the Guyana 53rd Anniversary of Flag Raising Committee.
Outside of her educational career, Ms. Perry inherited 35 acres of land after her father died and decided to plant quinoa. She did some research on quinoa and discovered that the United Nations had written a 2016 report alerting that there will be food shortages because of climate change. Ms. Perry did a feasibility study on quinoa and found that it could help solve the food shortage problem in impoverished countries, so she met with the UN and governors of her native country, Guyana, and her ideas were accepted and even allocated funds for her project. She is currently collaborating with various universities to do quinoa farming in Guyana. Every summer, she flies there and has done successful test trials so far. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic has halted the process. Looking ahead, Ms. Perry hopes to implement quinoa farming by teaching Guyanese residents what quinoa is through the University of Guyana. She also would like to see a structured home built for homeless mothers with children for a temporary shelter of 90 days.
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