Joanna Willis-Kanyali

Joanna was born in The Bronx, N.Y., but was raised in Peekskill, N.Y. She has earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education from Iona University and she also holds her Master of Divinity from Drew University. Upon graduation, Joanna has been dedicated and committed to helping young people become the best version of themselves on every possible level. She has organized and lead countless youth workshops, retreats, seminars, conferences, trips, family sessions, summer camps, and many more encounters that educate youth, youth workers, educators, and families.
Joanna’s authenticity, personality, ability to learn quickly, listen actively, observe intentionally, and get along well with others allows her to be an effective teacher and co-worker. She is zealous about and genuinely enjoys effective teaching, inspiring, encouraging, and learning. Joanna’s educational and hands-on experiences have equipped her with phenomenal tools that boost her ability thrive as an educator. Her patient, loving, caring, outgoing, and positive personality offers peace to those she encounters. Joanna prefers the holistic approach to teaching because students excel academically with the presence and support of an honest cheerleader.

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The teachers and leaders at this school are the most loving and most dedicated educators in schools. The school feels welcoming and warm. Kids LOVE coming to school and that is an important part of making life long learners.

Haven Staff Member

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The second place my kids call home.

Parent

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I wish I was a kid again, I would have loved to attend Haven Academy.

Haven Staff Member

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With the support of Haven Academy, Principal Nauiokas, and the other teachers and staff, I feel part of a community—one that has the power to change our student's lives for the better.

Eric Lara - Special Ed Teacher

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Fulfilling Career Choice for Teachers and Leaders.

Haven Staff Member

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Me gusta todo, especialmente la atención y la comunicación que tenemos con los miembros del personal.

Parent

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The staff remembers your face and your child is treated with respect and courtesy. There is nothing but positive reinforcement and encouraging children to be the best.

Recent Testimonials

Me gusta todo de Haven Academy, una de las cosas que tiene mi atención es que la principal de la escuela siempre esta disponible para dar la bienvenida a los estudiantes en la mañanas.