Joanne E. Ho is retired as of 2017. She was the former lead instructor of the Teacher Education Academy at Clark High (TEACH) at Clark High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. She taught at Clark HS for 28 years with two previous years that began her career at Mililani High School in Hawaii where she taught secondary English. In the last ten years of her career, Joanne worked as the senior instructor in the Teacher Education Academy at Clark High (TEACH) Magnet program. She enjoyed the four-year high school teacher preparation curriculum which included team teaching and the collaborative development of service learning projects, building community and business partnerships, and promoting student advocacy. Joanne developed and coordinated the TEACH Academy Pre-Kamp, a Pre-Kinder half-day program held within Clark HS in the Elementary Classroom Lab run by junior TEACH students; the MENTORS Program, which engaged students in tutoring ELL, SPED, and Non-proficient students in preparation for the Nevada High School Proficiency Examinations, and collaborated with Special Education colleagues to host a prom for students with special needs. She supervised the senior TEACH internship program in schools in the district, and was an adjunct instructor at Nevada State College and University at Nevada Las Vegas, teaching dual credit education courses for Clark’s TEACH students. Among her other duties, she published four TEACH Academy newsletters annually. She was a member of the Phi Delta Kappa International, Las Vegas Chapter #1113 and assisted in raising funds for their education scholarship. She served as the club advisor of the Future Educators Association/ Educators Rising club and served on the Clark County School District's Equity and Diversity Education Advisory Board and teacher liaison training cadre. She presented PDE courses on "Resources to Jumpstart a Multicultural Dialogue in the Secondary Classroom,” and “Brain Education”. She was also a member of the Clark County School District teacher evaluation/mentoring program, PAR.
On a personal note, Joanne has two sons, three grandchildren and still resides in Las Vegas.
My message to other Milken Educators is genuine. After the wonderful celebration with other Milken Educator winners, I left feeling empowered! I soon pursued my masters degree in Education Administration . I found a renewed purpose in guiding our future educators in the Teacher Education Academy. My new role as the senior instructor at the TEACH Academy allows me to pass my love of teaching to a whole new generation of educators. The Milken Award made that all possible by inspiring me to believe that anything is possible! Surrounded by the high energy of all the 2003 Milken Educator Award recipients, I left re-dedicated to commit even more of myself to education. This award awakened and reaffirmed my belief in American Education as the only true solution and path to solving all the global challenges that await our next generation. A year does not go by in which I remind myself how fortunate I am to be a part of this remarkable Milken Family.
Ozy | May 03 , 2017 | Mountain View, CA
1976 University of Hawaii - Manoa, B.A.
2007 GCU, AZ- M.Ed: Education Administration