Counselor

“I am inspired daily by the level of commitment from our scholars and their families. City Academy students strive not only for academic excellence; they become leaders and peace makers. The experiences they gain while at City Academy prepare them for a life of leadership and service.”

Joan has been a member of the City Academy family since 2005, serving first as a learning specialist and
then moving into the position of full time school counselor. She has worked with children and adults
with intellectual and social/emotional challenges in schools, the U.S. military and private practice. She
believes that all children can succeed given the appropriate educational and emotional support.
Joan is active in her community with Birthright, Family Advocacy and Community Training and Stephen
Ministries as well as numerous other ministries through St. Cletus Church in St. Charles. Joan and her
husband Rick have two adult sons and four grandchildren.

M.S., Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
B.S., Central Missouri State University

jbates@CityAcademySTL.org