Staff Spotlight

Joanna Christiansen

Education Specialist



Joanna Christiansen


Education Specialist

What did you do prior to SMCS?

I have had a couple of careers before teaching. I was in business originally. I operated a Chick-fil-A restaurant for a time, I was with CFA for 5 years. I was in social services after that working at Inland Regional Center serving the developmentally disabled before becoming a stay at home mom for several years. It was during that time that I began homeschooling and went back to school for my Masters and Credential.

When did you start with SMCS?

August 2015

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Cathedral City which is in the desert next to Palm Springs.

Where did you go to college?

I went to a few colleges: College of the Desert, Trident Technical College, College of Charleston, National University, and recently earned credits from UCR, and UCLA

Where do you live?

Yucaipa, CA

What areas do you serve for SMCS?

I serve the Inland Empire mostly near Yucaipa.

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

I am on my 14th year homeschooling through SMCS. I love that Sky Mountain is a school you can trust to offer a solid program for all it's students TK-12 including good services for Special Ed which 2 of my children utilize. The school has always offered generous instructional funds and flexibility as much as possible while adhering to Ed Code responsibly. My oldest that graduated last year was well prepared for anything he chooses to do in life graduating with college credits, college acceptance, CTE credits, an amazing ASVAB score, and many special interest classes behind him.

Did you homeschool your kids?

Yes I have homeschooled all 3 of my boys

What is your favorite curriculum?

I actually don't have a favorite curriculum. I love that we can choose individualized curriculum for each of our students based on their needs. Each of my own 3 kids have all used different curriculum.

What is your favorite read aloud book?

I love reading Harry Potter!

What is your favorite field trip?


What is your area of expertise?

High school English

What is your dream summer vacation?

I want to travel and see the world. I haven't been outside the US much. I would love to see Europe, and Canada.

What is your favorite subject to teach?

English or History

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to read, watch TV, and go on adventures with my kids.

If you could have dinner with someone (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

My grandma's, I miss them.

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

On one of my few trips outside the US, I traveled to Chichen Itza in the Yucatan Peninsula by myself at age 18 and climbed the pyramid which tourists are no longer allowed to do.

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