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Joe Stuever L’24

Joe Stuever L’24

Joe Stuever is an educator passionate about protecting and advancing the rights of students in our public education system. He joins Penn Law after an eight-year career as a teacher and band director in Kansas City, where his experiences led to involvement in political and educational advocacy. Joe attended the University of Kansas with a degree in Music Education. While at KU, he was highly involved in the School of Music and served as Drum Major for the Marching Jayhawks in 2012. After graduating in 2013, he began his teaching career in the Blue Valley School District and later became the head band director at Oxford Middle School. Arming adolescents with musical instruments sounds like a nightmare, but Joe specialized in instructional strategies that set his students up for success from day one. He carefully balanced his students’ educational needs with the administrative demands of managing a large band program and is proud to have taught over a thousand young musicians during his career.

Over the course of his career, Joe’s interests shifted to advocacy on behalf of marginalized students. He started the first middle school Gender Sexuality Alliance in his school district, providing young queer and transgender students a safe space at school. He presented several staff professional learning sessions on LGBTQ+ educational practices and was later appointed to serve on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Board Advisory Committee. Joe is pursuing a JD/MSEd in Education Policy at Penn Law and the Graduate School of Education and is interested in practicing education law related to civil rights enforcement and school funding policy.