Joel M. Freedman

Hailing from New York City, Joel turned to education after a life in the theater that began at age seven. He’s traveled the world, and has taught all grades and Advanced Placement English courses during 12 years at King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine & Science in South L.A.

Joel graduated Emerson College (Boston) with a B.A. in English and minors in Education and Theater. He acquired his Masters Degree in English–Comparative Literature from the University of California at Irvine.

As a UCLA- and National Writing Project (NWP) fellow, Joel serves on the Board of Advisors for UCLA-WP and has been, until recently, a member of the NWP’s Teacher Inquiry Community’s leadership team. He is currently part of a teacher research group that is the recipient of UCLA’s Teacher-Initiated Inquiry Project (TIIP) Grant and is commissioned to investigate and disseminate ways for teachers in the classroom to be more responsive to and inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (lgbt) students.

He is a published writer. His story, “A Good Day,” can be found in One Teacher in 10: LGBT Educators Share Their Story (Alyson Books, 2005). His article, "Echoes of Silence: Empathy and Making Connections through Writing Process" appears in English Journal (Vol. 98, No. 4, March 2009). Additionally, Joel is an adjunct writing instructor at Los Angeles Southwest College.