The Indiana Online Academy (IOA), which was developed to help Indiana school districts provide a high-quality, full-time virtual option for students in grades 7-12, has experienced tremendous growth since it launched in August. Due to this growth, we have been fortunate to hire three new teachers for the Academy to provide live instruction to students across Indiana.
It is our honor to introduce our new Academy teaching staff:
Joanna Johnson is our 8th grade math teacher. She has been teaching math for over 19 years and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and her master’s degree from IUPUI.
Joanna is a teacher because she enjoys helping others achieve success. She has a serious commitment to be the best teacher for each group of students she is teaching, and she promotes a learning environment that values mutual responsibility and respect between instructor and student.
When she is not working, Joanna enjoys camping, riding bikes, swimming, gardening, and being outside. She has two adult children: her son is an aerospace engineer and works for the federal government as a missile specialist and her daughter is a senior at Bethany College where she plays softball and is majoring in biochemistry. Joanna’s dog, Chip, keeps her company and takes her on daily trail walks.
Asa Suriano is a lifelong learner who loves sharing her passion for literature and research with her students. A native Texan who was always an avid reader and writer who loved every English class, she ironically began her college career as a biology major but opted out of nursing school to pursue a culinary degree and career as a pastry chef. Many years later, literature lured her back to the classroom and she earned her BS in English and MS in Education before heading into her first teaching job in upstate New York. 17 years later, she has enjoyed teaching students at all high school grade levels in a wide variety of courses such as American Lit, British Lit, Gothic Lit, creative writing, speech, college prep English, Advanced Placement Literature and Composition, Advanced Placement Seminar, and many more.
Asa loves concerts, cooking, spending time with her husband and daughter, snuggling with her two spoiled cats, and listening to true crime podcasts.