Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Joe Giarrante
In 2005 I joined School District 308 and the faculty at Thompson Junior High School as a teacher assistant. This career move came after I decided to leave business for what I love to do—teach and coach. I received my bachelor’s degree in economics from Eastern Illinois University, in Charleston, which sent me into the business world. After college I worked five years for a worldwide paperboard company before figuring out I needed to be an educator and a leader in athletics. I then received my master’s degree in teaching and learning from Illinois’ Aurora University. Since then I have taught both seventh and eighth grade math at Thompson. I currently teach seventh grade math. Over the years I have been on the district math curriculum committee, a mentor teacher, and a building leadership team member. I have a passion for sports and competition. While attending Eastern Illinois University, I pitched on the baseball team. My passion for sports and playing experience has driven me to be the eighth grade basketball coach at Thompson and the head varsity baseball coach at Oswego High School.
I love teaching and coaching, and I look forward to having a great year.