Joan Schottenfeld was a high school English teacher and journalist before she discovered the ABE field. She has been in the ABE field for 15 years as site coordinator, teacher, and counselor. She is currently working at the BCYF Perkins Adult Literacy site as their career/educational advisor and STAR teacher. Joan has been a Massachusetts STAR trainer since 2011. She serves on the SABES Advisory Board and is also an ELA curriculum coach and PD facilitator for SABES.