Joe Deffner joined TA as a full-time faculty member in 1994. He earned a BS in education and the honor of “Outstanding Graduate in Secondary Education” from the University of Dayton in 1987, and an MA from Dartmouth College in 2000, with a concentration in creative writing.
Joe brings a host of diverse teaching experiences to TA. He’s taught in Kenya as a Peace Corps volunteer, in inner-city schools as a substitute teacher, in a residential school for students with learning disabilities in Massachusetts, and in Fukuoka, Japan (2011-2012) as a part of the community of Fukuoka International School (FIS). He also served as Head of the middle school at FIS.
Now at TA for more than 20 years, Joe loves his work and his students: “The kids at TA are adventurous learners, willing to take risks and explore new challenges. TA is a place where kids are not pigeon-holed, differences are celebrated, and quirkiness is encouraged.”
He and his wife, Sarah, have two boys, Owen and Eamon, who currently attend Thetford Academy. In his spare time, Joe enjoys reading, fishing, coaching, running, and spending time with family.