It has been said that Joan was the best of teachers.
In each of her more than 25 years of teaching, she would identify one or two struggling students and take them under her wing, giving them alternative paths of learning and the confidence to believe in themselves. One of her most notable and enduring achievements was her Buddy Program, which helped break down the barriers between special needs kids and their mainstream peers.
Joan was devoted to her family.
Always a teacher, she instilled strong moral and ethical standards in all her progeny.
Retirement for her was a tradeoff between teaching and spending more time visiting her six grandchildren.
Through teaching and her synagogue, Joan developed an extensive network of lifelong friends.
Joan was a long-time supporter of the Pennsbury Scholarship Foundation, because she understood that college serves a central role in developing broad-minded, successful adults.
Joan and her husband, Nat, had three sons, who, along with two grandsons were PSF award recipients.
She was instrumental in establishing the endowed namesake scholarship for her grandson, Sean, and raised awareness of the Foundation and its goals wherever and whenever she could.
For more information about Endowed Namesake Scholarships, visit PennsburyScholarshipFoundation.org.
The PSF is a 501(c)3 and all donations are tax-exempt.
PHOTO CAP: Joan L. Sibner