Joanne Weber is a Deaf teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at Thom Collegiate. She earned her B.A. Honours in English Literature and a B.Ed. at the University of Saskatchewan, and a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Alberta. She also attended a graduate studies program in Deaf Education at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. She is certified by the Canadian Association of Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CAEDHH).
In addition to writing reports, she is also a published author. Her books, The Pear Orchard (poetry) and The Deaf House (creative non-fiction) were finalists in the Saskatchewan Book Awards (2007, 2013). Joanne is also a leader in the Deaf community at provincial and national levels. Her lifelong passion is to improve the quality of education for d/Deaf and hard of hearing students. Currently, she is a PhD candidate at the University of Regina, specializing in Language and Literacy with a focus on the education of the deaf. She worked with award winning multidisciplinary artists, Chrystene Ells, Berny Hi and the DHH students at Thom Collegiate on the Saskatchewan Arts Board funded art and literacy program and the Deaf Crows production which played two evenings to packed houses in June 2016.