Joanne Slifka was born and raised in Montana. She attended Western Montana College (now Montana Western) where she obtained her BS in Health/PE with a Sports Medicine emphasis and a minor in Biology.  Joanne, also, received her MS from the University of Cincinnati in Secondary Physical Education, where she was the Graduate Assistant to the Intramural program.  In the early 2000’s, Joanne obtained a minor in P-12 Special Education from Montana Western.

Joanne has always been interested in sports and physical activity, where she excelled in the sports of basketball and track in both high school and college.  She has participated on softball teams, volleyball teams, and rodeo.  Joanne has experience coaching high school basketball and cross country teams, as well as, coaching middle school track, basketball, and volleyball. She, also, coached little league baseball, basketball, and soccer and was both a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader.

Joanne spent 17 years volunteering in classrooms and/or substitute teaching before acquiring her own classroom in 2000 (parenting choice).  She spent several years working for the Utah Deaf/Blind school as an Intervener in the late 1990’s.  Joanne has experience teaching kindergarten, second grade, middle school special education, and middle school health/physical education.

Joanne has many hobbies, but loves the outdoors, which includes biking, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, working on her parent’s small ranch, and much more. She enjoys travelling, meeting new people and spending time with her family.  Joanne has a son, a daughter, and five active grandchildren ranging from the ages of 3 to 14.

Joanne is delighted to be a member of the Alturas family.  Go Lobos!!!