Joan Hurley is a fifth grade teacher who has served urban and suburban children and their families for 26 years. She teaches for the Capitol Region Education Council in Hartford, Connecticut, at the University of Hartford Magnet School, a nationally recognized Magnet School of Excellence.
As a result of the landmark civil rights case, Sheff vs. O’Neill, CREC runs a system of 18 interdistrict magnet schools, all of which achieve at high levels and meet judicially-mandated racial and economic integration standards. Joan is passionate about social justice and believes it begins and is sustained within the hallowed halls of education.
Joan is the 2008 Connecticut Teacher of the Year, a mom of two beautiful boys and godmother to the daughters of two former students. She is a reader, and an enthusiastic proponent of teaching, learning and Captain Underpants.