Joan Duea is retired aftter serving as an early childhood, elementary and middle school teacher in public schools and at the laboratory school in Cedar Falls, IA. While teaching from 1959 to 1997, she was also a writer of science educational materials for Readers Digest, Ginn Publishing Co, and Price Laboratory School. In the area of science she served as primary curriculum advisor on the Malcolm Price Laboratory School curriculum committee, President of the Council of Elementary Science International (affiliate of the National Science Teachers Association), Board member of the National Science Teachers Association, and Vice President of the Iowa Science Teachers Association. She was a frequent speaker, workshop consultant and convention speaker to school districts and professional organizations across the United States. She served on the Children’s Television Advisory Board for the TV program called “3-2-1 Contact” and attended TV planning sessions related to math and science for “Sesame Street” and ”Math Matters.”
While serving on the National Association of State Science and Mathematics Coalitions of the National Academy of Science, she was named the first co-director of the Iowa Mathematics and Science Coalition. In addition she became chair of a committee called Mathematics Connection that brought together national leaders from MSEB, NCTN, AACTE, NAESP, NASSMC, PTA, and MAA.