Joanna Spears

Educational Advocate



(619) 500-6282



Joanna is a true advocate at heart, born for the role of championing children’s rights and well-being. Her remarkable journey spans over two decades, during which she has tirelessly worked to address the educational and social-emotional needs of students. Joanna’s professional background is marked by program management in community-based organizations and K-12 institutions, and this diverse experience laid the foundation for her current role as an educational advocate.

Throughout her extensive career, Joanna has seamlessly transitioned between the roles of educator, counselor, and unwavering supporter of countless students and families in San Diego County. Armed with a Bachelor’s Degree in Adolescent and Child Development and a Master’s Degree in Education, Joanna’s expertise goes beyond the traditional educational framework. Her unique path has equipped her with a multifaceted approach to working with students and families, reaching across various levels of the educational landscape. What truly sets her apart is her innate ability to foster deep, trusting relationships with the families she serves, establishing a solid foundation for long-term learning and collaborative goal-setting.

Joanna’s unwavering commitment extends to the realm of educational best practices, and she stands as a true expert in anti-bias and social justice work. Her impact reaches far and wide, as she has provided invaluable diversity, anti-bias, and anti-hate training to students, teachers, and administrators across the state of California.

Joanna’s story is one of purpose and dedication. Her personal journey is marked by a thirst for lifelong learning and the joy of motherhood, as she nurtures three grown children. In her moments of respite, she finds solace in travel, exploration, and the loving company of her two cherished rescue pups, Luna and Mimi.


  • B.A. in Liberal Studies from National University
  • M.Ed. from National University

Community Involvement

  • President of Parent Booster Organization: Mira Mesa High School, Class of 2022
  • Fundraising Coordinator - AYSO Matrix Soccer Club /li>
  • Fundraising Coordinator - Class of 2022 - Innovations Academy
  • Fundraising Coordinator - The Bishops School - Girls Basketball team
  • Teacher Assistant - Poway Unified School District

Professional Experience

Poway Unified School District
San Diego County Office of Education
San Diego Unified School District
YMCA of San Diego County - Youth and Family Services
SAY San Diego
San Diego Youth Services