Jo Anne Craig
The 2019-20 school year will marks Jo Anne Craig's fourteenth year with NSAA, teaching both Social Studies and English Language Arts at both the High School and Middle School. This year, she will teach Humanities (Honors) and English Composition & Literature as well as work as the Rio Salado instructor for Dual Enrollment Government. In addition to teaching, she serves as the NSAA Director of Faculty and Instruction. She received her J.D. degree from Wayne State University Law School and a secondary education post-baccalaureate teacher certification from Arizona State University. She graduated in December 2016 with a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University. Mrs. Craig's philosophy for teaching is that every student can learn and reach successful learning outcomes. She provides numerous opportunities for students to succeed through discussion, collaborative group work, Socratic seminars, critical reading and writing exercises, and art integration. She is also a big proponent of experienced-based learning. Mrs. Craig loves to have her students think critically and challenge existing viewpoints. Her favorite Historian is Howard Zinn, who wrote the celebrated book, A People's History of the United States. Outside of school, she spends time with her husband, children and three adorable dogs.
Matt Ventre has been a professional musician around the southwest for the last ten years. When not teaching, he currently is working and touring as a session guitarist for TAD management and can be found as a regular around the Phoenix country music scene. Mr. Ventre holds a degree in Art History and is excited to be joining the academic program at NSAA this year teaching humanities. Mr. Ventre is also the former principal guitarist for Arizona Broadway Theater and will be the musical director for this year’s production.