This month we are pleased to introduce Joani Harr, a Literacy Source math teacher and tutor who has been with us since June 2017. Joani is a huge asset to our math program, and draws on her 20 years of experience as a math teacher to deeply connect with our students while making math fun and tangible. She has high expectations of the students! Joani has been very flexible in responding to our needs by switching from tutor to class teacher as needed, and we really appreciate all her work and commitment.
Where are you originally from? If you’re not from Seattle what brought you here?
I was born and raised in Southern Oregon and began college in Ashland, Oregon. Then I transferred to the University of Oregon in Eugene and graduated with a BA in English. A year or so later I got a job teaching English, drama, and PE in a small Oregon town. That lasted 1 year. I then moved to California for a couple of years before moving to Seattle in 1977. I missed the Northwest and I had friends living here. Seattle is definitely my home now.
Please share something of your life so far and what you would like to do in the future.
I worked for the Seattle School District doing office work as well as teaching math for 20 years. I retired in 2013 and have enjoyed working on my house and garden, as well as pursuing athletic activities like rowing, kayaking, and biking.
Why did you choose to volunteer at LS?
After the 2016 election, I felt a real motivation to get involved in my community. A friend suggested Literacy Source as a good place for me to volunteer and they were certainly right.
What do you like about volunteering at LS?
I love working with people and helping them be more successful, especially with math.
Any stories or highlights from volunteering at LS?
My favorite thing about Literacy Source is the determination I see among the students to better themselves.
What might people not know about you?
People may not know that I am an avid knitter.
Thank you Joani!