Representative JoAnn Ward is currently serving her second term in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Prior to moving to Minnesota in 1974, Representative Ward taught as a high school teacher in Seattle, Washington. An active community volunteer, she leads two successful bond issues, rallying 1,000 volunteers to support the construction of much-needed school facilities. Representative Ward has held leadership roles in university, public schools, church, and several neighborhood organizations. In 1994 Representative Ward completed a Master of Arts in Education with a focus on Learning and Human Development Technology -- Human Resource Development. She has extensive training and experience in collaborative decision-making and conflict management, specifically Baldridge Performance Excellence and Restorative Justice. Representative Ward and her husband, Joe have three grown children and five Minnesotan grandchildren.