Joanne Olsen is a Senior Trainer in The Berry Street Education Model Team.
Jo brings a truly international flavour to the Berry Street Education Model, having extensive experience with education systems in New York City, Singapore, and Australia. She began her career teaching English and English as an Additional Language (EAL) and coaching sports. She has coordinated school wide wellbeing programs, and led her colleagues in trauma-informed positive education to improve teacher practices.
Through her twelve years of classroom, leadership, and coaching experience in the public and private school sectors, she understands the urgency in providing school staff with specific trauma-informed strategies and in helping them to recognise and combat implicit biases, so schools are safe and welcoming spaces.
Jo believes in providing culturally responsive curricula, while using strategies that honour and celebrate the backgrounds, experiences, and strengths of all students.