Joan K. Spehar
Induction Year: 1998
Joan Spehar is a 1978 graduate of UW-Superior. While at the university she participated in volleyball, in which she was captain from 1975 to 1978. She also was a captain of the UW-Superior track team from 1975 to 1977, where during her last year of competition she received honors for being the Most Valuable Women's Track Athlete, and received the Most Valuable Women Athlete Award. Also, during her 1976-1977 track season she participated in the national track and field meet at UCLA, she was the first female to participate in a national event.
Since her graduation Ms. Spehar has spent the past 17 years teaching physical education/health and coaching in the Anoka Hennepin school district. She is currently at Champlin park high school.
When not on the field or in the classroom, Ms. Spehar helps facilitate at-risk student groups. She is an advisor for the chemically free student groups T.E.A., M/S.A.D.D. She also organizes and advises and intramural program, and she has worked with the student council to raise funds for the homeless. Ms. Spehar has also been an advisor for the foreign exchange student program, and has served on a teacher selection interview panel.
"To be part of these activities and committees has been a privilege," she said.
Ms. Spehar's current community involvement is working with Loaves & Fishes, a program to feed the needy, and a youth mentor program.