Joni currently teaches Kindergarten at a public school in Honolulu. She has also taught Grades 1, 3 and 6. She received a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Mathematics K-6 from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Joni also serves on the Whole Language Umbrella board. She has a strong interest and passion for literacy issues in Hawai’i and for sharing her knowledge with others. Her interests include reading, traveling and watching college basketball.