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2022 Commitment to Excellence Award Recipient

Joanna Adams is beginning her 7th year with Okemos Public Schools and 17th year as a social worker. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Learning and Development from Framingham State University in Massachusetts. She earned her Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work with a certification in School Social Work from Michigan State University.

Joanna is the Special Education School Social Worker at Cornell Elementary. In previous years, Joanna also served as the social worker for the entire student population at Cornell and OPM at Central. She became a school social worker because she loves children, school, and helping others. She finds her job rewarding, fulfilling, and fun! She is very thankful for her caring and compassionate colleagues, who inspire children and one another on a daily basis. It makes Okemos a wonderful place to work!

In her free time, Joanna enjoys road trips, gardening, home improvement projects, and most importantly, spending time with friends, family, and her petite goldendoodle, Benny.