It is a pleasure working on the Northwest School Board of Education.
I am originally from Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from St. Ignatius College Prep High School. I attended Xavier University where I received my B.A. in Political Science and my M.A. in History. (I completed my research in graduate school while living on a Native American reservation in Montana.) I am married to Martha, my "sounding board." I have three wonderful children: 1) Eric (B.S. in Biology, University of Cincinnati) 2) Amy (B.A. in Business, Ohio State University), and 3) Sarah (B.S. in Biology, University of Dayton and an M.S. John Carroll University). I have six grandchildren. I have instilled the importance of education to my children.
I have taught in the Cincinnati Public School District for 35+years. I taught at Walnut Hills High School my last 27 years. In 1998, I was given the coveted Golden Apple award for excellence in teaching. In 2009, I was awarded the most prestigious: The University of Cincinnati-USA Educator of the Year.
I was a member of the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers and served on the union executive council. I served on the Diversity Council for OHSAA in Columbus, Ohio. I umpired men's softball and was an official for varsity basketball for 27 years. I became the first Asian to officiate a state final in the state of Ohio.
On March 23, 2019, Joe was awarded the OHSBCA HALL OF HONOR AWARD. This award is is given to individuals who have provided exemplary service to Ohio High School Basketball. He was voted in by the high school basketball coaches of District 16.