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Mrs. Joan Irwin

I have been with Alliance Academy since it opened, and this is my 15th year in education. I have lived in Forsyth County for 25 years, and have 2 children, both graduates of Forsyth County. I came to teaching through volunteering with the school system and previous careers include, retail management, travel agent and real estate. I am passionate about decorating and entertaining and have a Masters along with a Specialist Degree in Curriculum Design.

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Mrs. Stephanie Pickens

As a graphic design teacher, my goal is to teach students how to be in a great position for both college and career opportunities. I plan to work with students so that they can achieve as many of their design goals as possible, but we are not limited in art and design here at the Academy. I believe in teaching the whole child. My background is magazine design, printshop, and art education. This is my 16th year teaching in high school, but my first year here at AAI in the graphic design program. I have worked at both West and Denmark, and my husband and daughter are also in the Forsyth County system so as a family we are deeply involved in the FoCo tradition. I have lofty dreams about what we can do and am excited to make those ideals a reality in the coming years here at Alliance Academy.