In college, Joanna quickly realized she could combine her passions by sharing her love for the outdoors and teaching others about the world around them. So, she decided to become an outdoor education major. It was easy to study hard for courses she loved—rock climbing, ice climbing and crevasse rescue, winter backpacking and white water canoeing and Wilderness EMT, plus philosophy and ethics. An exchange semester at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau exposed Joanna to the beauty of Alaska. For the next three years Joanna split her time between New Hampshire and Alaska as she earned her bachelor’s in outdoor education and a master’s in elementary education from the University of New Hampshire. She studied during the school year and spent her summers as a guide on the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. After graduation, she immediately began teaching and organizing trips in Alaska.
Joanna has called Alaska her home for the past 12 years. During that time, teaching and guiding has been a way for her to share experiences, show students how to take care of our beautiful planet, and change how the next generation perceives the world around them. She now shares that passion and enthusiasm for Alaska with her Nat Hab's travelers.