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Joel Ward

Long Beach Unified School District
Family Engagement Coordinator
Long Beach, CA
Prior to working full time at the largest Independent Study high school in the Greater Long Beach area, Joel Ward owned four small businesses, worked as a full-time Activity Director/ASB specialist at five different high schools in two states, presented on ASB best practices on multiple occasions, including the California Association of Directors of Activities and the Colorado Athletic Directors Association. Joel earned his teaching degree in recreation management and political science from Brigham Young University (BYU), history credential from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), and masters and educational specialist degrees in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education. Joel is currently completing his doctoral thesis on Family-School Engagement in Independent Study schools. He volunteers his time as the event and fund-raising coordinator for a variety of non-profit and educational institutions. His greatest passion has been connecting schools to families and families to schools, helping the homeless and visiting the incarcerated.