There are some people you come across who immediately inspire you with their diverse life experience and enthusiasm – and that’s exactly how we felt when we first met Joan Marie Verba. Joan was an associate instructor of astronomy for a year, and she’s an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author. In addition to writing young adult fiction and nonfiction (you can check out some of her work here!), she belongs to the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers.
Joan has a bachelor’s degree in physics and also attended graduate school for astronomy. During those years, she took a few computer programming courses, although it wasn’t her primary academic focus.
“I’ve reviewed thousands of student applications in my time at The Iron Yard, and it was clear to me within minutes of speaking with Joan that not only was she a standout among other applicants, she was authentic in a way that was as inspiring as it was apparent,” said Watson Mulkey, student success lead at The Iron Yard.