JoAnn first came to the Sea Lab as a high school student from St. Louis, MO to participate in the Marine Science summer course. Inspired by her experience, she pursued a degree in Marine Biology from the University of West Alabama. She spent two summers at DISL taking classes and, after receiving her Master’s degree, returned to the lab as an employee. JoAnn joined Discovery Hall Programs as a full-time educator in March 2013 and looks forward to sharing her passion for marine life with others. She is married with a stepdaughter, and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.