Joe has lived and worked in the Houston area as an ESL teacher in grades ranging from 4th-12th. He currently works as a self-contained ESL 4th grade teacher. He graduated from the University of Houston-Downtown with a BA in Philosophy. He also works part-time with his wife, Dyana Vera, to help manage Biliteracy Now. During his spare time, he enjoys cycling and working on small renovation projects around the house.