Joan K. Teach has been a special education working with the ADHD population for over 50 years. As the former Director of Lullwater School, a center for students with neurobiological needs, she investigated techniques that increased success and survival for her students.  Currently she facilitates support groups for parents, adults and women with ADHD and is a catalyst toward growth and success.  Upon retirement, she developed a client-consulting specialty with late adolescents, young adults, and women with specific ADHD issues. Concerned about the lack of services and support for this population, she utilizes her teaching skills, to guide a discovery of strengths, supports uncovering weaknesses, and provides guidance to develop goals to improve life skills.

Nationally she has served on the AIGE, CHADD LDA Boards, and a member of IDA, CEC, ACO.  Locally she is involved with CHADD GA, LDA GA, Kids Enabled and a new service organization GOLD –GA Opportunities for Learning Differences.  Her passion is to make a change in individuals’ lives to facilitate a richer and fuller life.

Joan has been a long-time supporter of SOAR’s programs.  She has facilitated many trips to the Balsam Base for the Middle School Students from Lullwater School and has been able to experience the positive attitude shown toward the campers, the understanding of their needs both strong and fragile, and the quality staff that brings out the best in all of them.  This led her to select SOAR for her grandson for the mentoring provided, as that was really needed at that time in his life.  He still looks at SOAR as being one of his best experiences, and Joan sees this experience as having created a foundation for a now 16 year old, who knows what he wants and has the leadership power to make it happen.