Joanne Postma trained at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where completed a degree and teacher training (B. A. Honours, B.Ed) in secondary English and Dramatic Arts. She has worked in Education and Theatre teaching in both Canada and Switzerland since 2002, and continues to work in various international, bilingual and theatre schools in Zurich and the surrounding cantons.
She is the lead teacher at Simply Theatre Academy, as well as a LAMDA acting exam coach for the last four years. She is often called upon to continue working with the same artistic teams repeatedly at various schools for various projects. An avid set designer and director, Joanne has acted, directed, designed over 115 shows in her life. She has specialised in Canadian and International curriculum development, teaching of English language and Literature, as well as Dance, Drama and Music, and combined Performing Arts courses to ages three-to adult.
Joanne uses the mindfulness practice in all aspects of her teaching. She believes that through mindful classroom practice, students can develop greater focus, handle life stresses, can articulate their feelings, can use better vocabulary, are able to train their mind to fully stay and appreciate the moments in life. Facilitating this through role play, improvisation, reading, writing and working as a team are vital steps to understand the world, value it’s beauty, and gain a better grasp of our individual place in it. It is always so amazing to see how kids can become better at self-control, have better self-discipline, become more self-confident, more outspoken and much better communicaters when using these tactics to understand how they feel. This is turn will turn them into more positive, compassionate and well-rounded empathic individuals, towards themselves and others.
Joanne prides herself on being a very hard worker, self-motivated, creatively inspired by kids ideas, as well as a great team player. When she is not teaching, she can be found knitting, painting, reading, cooking, crafting, paddle boarding, as well as traveling and surfing all over the world.