Joan Hoffmeister was born in Italy. At the age of 5, her family immigrated to Buenos Aires, Argentina and there Joan started her formal Spanish education. She grew up speaking both Spanish and Italian at home. At the age of 15, she moved with her family to New York City where she attended high school and college. After receiving a Master’s degree in Spanish and French from Saint John’s University, Joan taught for 9 years in the New York public school system.
She then received a contract to teach Spanish, Italian and French at the Tehran American School in Tehran, Iran. She taught there for 5 years and then went on to Manama, Bahrain where she taught English to the Bahrainis at the British Council and Batelco Local University for another five years. Later, Joan received a grant from the French government to attend a summer program at the Language Institute in Becanson, France to enrich her knowledge of the French language and culture. Joan has lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Joan came to Naples, Florida in 1985 and has taught at Naples High School, Barron Collier High School and Gulfview Middle School. She has also taught French and Spanish at the Summer Program for Children 5 – 12. Joan was awarded Teacher of Distinction by the Collier County School System. Joan is passionate about teaching other languages and cultures. She makes learning a language an exhilarating experience by incorporating speaking, writing, and reading along with the culture and customs of the people who speak the language. Joan uses the technique of incorporating the target language as much as possible in her instruction. Of course, whenever necessary, she will use English to explain the difficult concepts of grammar and language usage. She has the knowledge and capability to implement just about every teaching technique or means available to make a foreign language come alive. Joan is truly a linguist with her many years of teaching experience.