Joahna Lou E. Tupas

Title: Special Education Teacher
Company: Whiteriver Unified School District
Location: Fort Apache, Arizona, United States

Joahna Tupas, Special Education Teacher at Whiteriver Unified School District, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in multimedia production and curriculum creation.

Following coursework in psychology at De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines, Ms. Tupas obtained a Bachelor of Arts in multimedia arts from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Philippines in 2005. She provided superior service as chief executive officer of ToInk Productions from 2003 to 2009, a professor with De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde from 2010 to 2011, director of marketing, communications and public relations with PeopleBrowsr Inc. in Sydney, Australia from 2010 to 2015 and a consultant with carsharing service Getaround in the San Francisco Bay Area from 2013 to 2015.

Ms. Tupas founded School in a Backpack in 2015, which champions worldschooling in the Philippines by upholding holistic child-rearing, millennial parenting and experiential education. In addition, she prospered as a teacher with Homeschoolers PH in Pasig, Philippines from 2016 to 2017.  Since the latter year, she has found much success as a special education teacher with Whiteriver Unified School District (USD) 20 in Whiteriver, Arizona. Since 2010, she has served in the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary and has volunteered in Every Nation Churches and Ministries, the Philippine Bible Christian community and has co-directed the My Shelter Foundation. 

After her initial interest in becoming a school psychologist, Ms. Tupas turned her attention to multimedia arts. She opened a multimedia arts agency and production company before graduating from college. The business ran for 10 years and produced commercials, websites, graphic design, marketing, animation, and covering events with photography and video. Because of her years of experience in multimedia arts, she was invited by her alma mater, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, to teach multimedia arts. In the coming years, Ms. Tupas intends to create curricula for schools that will enhance students’ socio-emotional learning, as well as authoring some school texts and children’s books.

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