Employee Spotlight

Joanna Christiansen

Education Specialist

Kristina South

What did you do prior to SMCS?

Teaching is a second career for me. My undergrad degree is in Business Administration. I had some administrative and management positions with some non-profit organizations. I also worked at Inland Regional Center serving the developmentally disabled. I quit working to stay home with my kids. I then began homeschooling. I signed up my oldest son with Sky Mountain when he began kindergarten. I have a passion for alternative education models, and homeschooling in particular. I went back to school to get my teaching credential and Masters in Educational Technology with the goal of working at Sky Mountain or a similar model charter school.

How long have you been with SMCS?

3 years

Where did you grow up?

Palm Springs area

Where did you go to college?

My BS degree is from College of Charleston in South Carolina, my masters is from National University

Where do you live?


What areas do you serve for SMCS?

Yucaipa, Calimesa, Redlands, Fontana, Hemet

What do you think is/are the best thing(s) about SMCS?

Our flexibility in curriculum choices, and long-standing reputation for excellence

Do (did) you homeschool your kids?

Yes I do! I have been a Sky Mountain parent for 10 years.

What is your favorite curriculum?

I myself use an eclectic approach as a homeschooler. I love too many various curriculums to pick just one.

What is your favorite read aloud book?

Just one? Little Men, Swiss Family Robinson, Harry Potter Series, Percy Jackson series

What is your favorite field trip?

What is your area of expertise?

I believe my area of expertise is helping struggling students find their way. One of my sons has some disabilities, helping him work through his challenges has helped me to be creative in how to motivate students, and find strategies to help them succeed.

What is your dream summer vacation?

I would love to take my kids on a month long cross-country road trip and take in all the historical sites.

What is your favorite subject to teach?

English and History

What do you like to do in your free time?

Read, and spend time with my kids

What is something interesting about yourself that many people might not know?

I ran a Chick-fil-A restaurant while in college.

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