Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Joan Rabels

I'm excited to begin another magical year in third grade with you! I have been teaching in WCPSS since 2010, and at VSE since 2016. My years of teaching experience has covered 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades, so I know where students are coming from and where they need to go! I have taught third grade since 2016! My number one task is to build loving, supportive and lifetime connections with my students, while holding each of them to high expectations. I will love your child like my own and will do everything I can to help your child succeed! 
Personally speaking, I have a daughter, Gabriella and I lost my son, Troy, to cancer in 2020. I know how every minute counts. I have a mini-Aussie Doodle named Lucy, and she is about 10 pounds and a ball full of energy! I have a Harry Potter themed classroom, as it is my all-time favorite book series!
I received my Bachelor's in Elementary Education (K-6) from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, my Masters Degree in Reading and Literacy from Benedictine University (K-9), and am a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in Reading and Literacy Early/Middle Years; as well as a Certified Reading Specialist (K-12). I am the grade chair for third grade again this year, am a mentor teacher, and work on many leadership committees to help our Eagles soar!  
Let's get the magic started!