Joiselle's Open Road
Department of Education
I’ve persevered through the challenge of speaking up about the things that I believe in, even when no one else in the room agrees.
- From a young age, she knew she wanted to make an impact on the world and be involved in social change.
- As someone who had difficulty finding teachers and mentors that looked like her, she wanted to become that role model for the next generation of students.
- Received two bachelor’s degrees from Duke University, then attended Pace University in New York to get her master’s degree in elementary education and bilingual teaching.
- During her first three or four years of teaching, she began to see that she was on a path towards burnout, a common problem among educators.
- She heard a lecture that encouraged her to work her own interests and passions into teaching, so she began incorporating dance—a long-time passion of hers—into the classroom.
- Also loves traveling and learning about different cultures, so she took multiple opportunities to teach in different countries and learn new languages.
- Eventually she realized that she wanted a better way to contribute to policy and to have an impact on some of the issues she’d seen while she was teaching.
- She’s been working at the Department of Education for several years, focusing on policies that prohibit discrimination and ensure equal access to education for all students.