Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science: Biology (University of Illinois at Chicago) Secondary Education Certification (Benedictine University)

Mrs. Joanna Maher


My name is Mrs. Maher. I was born in Poland and mainly grew up in Chicago. After attending Lane Tech High School,  I earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. After 15 years at Abbott Labs, I left the corporate environment to pursue my dream of teaching science, earning a Secondary Teaching Certification through Benedictine University.

I have lived in the area for 22 years and have always been involved in the community through coaching and various community organizations. I am married and have two sons. The younger one will be a high school senior this year. 

This will be my fourteenth year teaching and my first year teaching at Round Lake High School. I will be teaching Earth Science and General Biology, both of which I have taught before. Science helps us understand ourselves as well as everything around us, so I get excited about everything from rocks, to frogs, to trees, to bacteria, etc. It is also ever evolving, so it is a constant opportunity to keep learning. My goal as an educator is to help get students excited about not just science, but learning itself. 

I am looking forward to working with all of you to make this a great year! Go Panthers!!!