Joan Piela

Joan Piela

I am a lifelong resident of Fair Lawn for 65 years.  I am married to my husband, Joseph, and I have three grown children, Josette, Joseph Jr., and Jon.
 
My undergraduate degree is from William Paterson University in Elementary Education but I am  certified for Pre-school through Grade 8.  I have a Master Degree from Marygrove College in the Art of Teaching.
 
I spent 35 years in the classroom before retiring from the Garfield District in 2013.  My teaching experience included Pre-school to Grade 6.  I spent 18 years in a full-day kindergarten program.  As an educator, I helped develop the full-day kindergarten curriculum and the curriculum to transition the pre-school to kindergarten.  Throughout my career, I served on many grade level curriculum writing teams.  I also chaired the IR and S Committee for 5 years working with the teachers and child study teams.  I helped develop the Professional Development which I chaired also for 5 years.  I was active as the teacher representative for the PTA and served as President on my children’s PTA.  I helped the teachers in my building as the Building Union Representative and sat on the state board as a State Union Representative.  I loved being involved and working in the capacity with the administration, teachers, parents and the children. 
 
As a member of the Board, I hope to work with the administration, my fellow Board Members, and the public to provide the students of Fair Lawn with the tools and skills to be productive members of society and to attain their goals they strive for.






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