Joanna Brownson, new teacher at Media Academy

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Pearl Joy Balagot

She used to feed piglets and now she teaches Algebra.

Joanna Brownson grew up in Michigan.

“My friend’s dad owned a farm and we would feed the baby piglets,” she said.

Brownson graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and then went to University of Pennsylvania to get her teaching degree.

She worked in a Philadelphia high school before she came to Media Academy.

“I wanted a [small] high school like the one I taught at in Pennsylvania,” she said to explain why she chose Media.

But Brownson is concerned students aren’t taking full advantage of the school’s resources. She wants her student to learn more.

“I want my kids to learn a lot, and I want to learn a lot from them,” said Brownson.