Joel Wakefield has his Masters in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University. He has worked in public education for 30 years, teaching both elementary and high school. He spent over 20 years as an Athletic Trainer for various high schools and in professional baseball and football. He has been an instructional coach and a high school principal. Currently, he serves as the Director of Professional Development at West-MEC. He is passionate about international education; spending time traveling to South America to provide training for teachers, as well as hosting many foreign students and teachers. When he is not working he can be found doing CrossFit, drinking coffee, or working in the yard. He is married with two children and two beautiful twin granddaughters.