Joan Stuster, MA

Adjunct Faculty


Joan Stuster, MA, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Redlands. Joan’s thesis, Creative Movement in the Curricula of an Elementary School Classroom, demonstrates her commitment to integrating the arts in the academic subjects of elementary classrooms. She spent seventeen years teaching at the elementary school level, serving as a Master or Mentor Teacher during most of her career and as an educational consultant, providing in-service training for the Goleta Union School District, the Cold Springs School District, and the Santa Barbara County Schools Office.

Joan also served as Vice President in charge of curriculum on the Governing Board of the Oaks Parent Child Workshop, which greatly broadened her understanding of child development.  When her children entered elementary school she began her service to the Santa Barbara School Districts. From 1993 until the present, Joan has served as a parent representative on school site and district level advisory committees. She has participated in academic and diversity training workshops with district personnel and currently serves on the Board of Directors of United Parents/Padres Unidos, helping parents of second language learners work together to gain deeper understanding of the American school system focusing on closing the achievement gap in our schools.

Joan has supervised teacher candidates in the MAE program at Antioch University since 2005 and became an adjunct and associate faculty member in 2007 when she began teaching the Social Science and Children’s Learning course. Mrs. Stuster also teaches the Professional Inquiry and Collegial Support classes to beginning teachers earning their Clear Credential.