JoAnn Groh is the Principal of Paulo Freire Freedom School–Downtown. JoAnn is a long-time educator, with 15 years of experience teaching middle and high school humanities and over 10 years of experience as a school leader. In 2005, she co-founded the first Paulo Freire Freedom School, a unique middle school program that immerses students in project based learning with a focus on social justice and environmental sustainability.
In addition to being a teacher and school leader, JoAnn also serves as a consultant and coach nationally. In 2013, she joined the National Faculty of the Buck Institute for Education, a leading organization in the field of leader project based learning. She provides training in Instructional Rounds for school and district leadership teams through Batelle for Kids. From 2004-2010, she was a Teaching & Learning Coach with the Ohio High School Transformation Initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. JoAnn has been training educators in the areas of professional learning communities and facilitative leadership using the SRI Critical Friendship model since 1997. In 1998, she received an award from the National Education Association for her work with teachers and adult learners.