Expert Witness Biography

JoAnn Durante is a school administration expert with over 30 years of experience as a principal, assistant-principal, teacher, and professor. Her career in public school administration spans 20 years where she managed a large student body assuring a quality education in a safe environment. She also has 14 years of working experience as a teacher, adjunct professor, curriculum writer, and staff developer. She applies her extensive experience to forensic investigations related to the care and safety of children and young adults. The scope of her casework includes school supervision and security; teacher performance and effectiveness; harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB); discipline issues; student injuries; mandated reporting; and curriculum instruction in the public schools. As a school administrator, JoAnn has fostered academic excellence by helping to promote learning and creativity in a safe and child centered environment.

As principal, JoAnn’s experience included the administration and supervision of the comprehensive operations of a large high school including instructional and non-instructional staff, vocational, bilingual and special needs programs, maintenance and grounds security, security systems protocol, financial accounting, and on-site outsourced programs. As an Assistant Principal, she provided leadership and guidance to students from grade 9 through to graduation, including career and college planning. More specifically, she has been responsible for hiring personnel, promoting and maintaining the grading system, the master schedule, and any program impacting facility use and safety. JoAnn developed curriculum, was a leader in a wide range of professional development activities for staff and parent groups including standards-based performance reports.

JoAnn is certified as a Principal and Instructor by the State of Pennsylvania. She earned her Master of Science in Educational Administration from Lehigh University. She also holds two Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration and Accounting. She is a member of various professional organizations, including the National Association of High School Principals, and has received training in gang awareness; harassment, intimidation, and bullying; physical restraint; suicide prevention; drug and alcohol awareness; and building and program safety.