Degrees and Certifications:
BFA, RISD, Illustration, 2003 MAT, RISD, Art and Design Education, 2004 PhD, UNR, STEM Education, Science, (in progress)
Jo was born and raised in Massachusetts. She went to college at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), in Providence, RI.
She studied illustration, and earned her BFA. Then she went to graduate school to become an Art and Design Educator, earning her MAT in Art and Design Ed at RISD, too. She is working on her PhD at UNR, in STEM Education.
Jo taught middle school art in Fernley, NV from 2004-2013. Then she taught Art and Design at Procter Hug High School for 5 years.
She was the Staff Teacher of the Year in 2009, and the EDAWN Art Educator of the Year in 2018.
She loves creatures with tentacles, making historic costumes, art, and coffee.
Her hobbies are hiking with her family, rock climbing, making things and videogames.
She has a dog, named Gypsy, a Turtle, named Mr. Turtle and two kids in elementary school.