Joan Crane lives in Seminole and graduated from Gibbs High School (school of the arts) in St. Petersburg. There, she was inspired by her art teacher to pursue a career in the visual arts. She earned a BA in studio art, ran a fine art gallery, appraised fine art, and then earned a Master’s in education and a master’s in art education from the University of Florida. Prior to coming to LiFT Academy, Ms. Crane worked for Pinellas County Schools as an art teacher. In addition to her work experience, she has volunteered for U.S. Army’s Special Forces Family Readiness Group, Boy Scouts of America, All Children’s Hospital, Creative Clay and VBS at St. Jude’s and Pasadena Presbyterian. In her spare time, she writes, reads, and paints. Joan is the mother of four beautiful children and grandmother of two girls.