CEO and Founder

Joanna Puello

Lover of travel and diverse cultures, bilingual undercover gringa, healthy diabetic, athlete, faith led, instructional designer, non-traditional teacher, married to a Dominican songwriter/singer and Spanish teacher, mama of the two most amazing kids in the world, nonprofit entrepreneur, and founder of the #WorldUpsideDown teacher movement.

Some teachers travel a straight path. Mine is a windy one.

This is my story about how the World Upside Down teacher movement got started
and why I’d love for you to be a part of it!

Our journeys vary, but I think we have something in common.

Elementary Music Teacher

You know that when you teach music you change the world. You walk into class with high hopes. Then you realize you have no curriculum and no budget.

Homeschool Parent

You know how important music is for your child’s education. But you’re not a musician. Private lessons are expensive, and you’re not sure where to start.

Elementary Classroom Teacher

You believe that music should be a core subject, but there is no music teacher in your school. You’re expected to teach music even though you have no training.

We understand the power of music.

Music represents our culture and tells our story. We grieve with music, overcome with music, and celebrate with music. Music forms and transforms our lives. Here is what music looks like for my family.

Jairo is a sing, song-writer, and guitar player. He has produced seven albums and loves to integrate music into his high school Spanish classes.

Joanna [that’s me] plays piano and violin and sings alto. She’s given private lessons, played in weddings, and directed a choir.

Megan leads worship at church and is a super talented vocalist. She hasn’t picked up an instrument yet but has a killer Spotify playlist.

Adriel led worship during high school. He plays piano and started song-writing recently. He’s majoring in business but hopes to start producing his first song soon. Think Ed Sheeran meets John Legend.

My teacher story timeline

Career Beginnings

Educational Script Writer

Wrote puppet-teacher scripts for K-5 video curriculum at my university.

Copy Writer

Wrote ads for a local radio station in South Carolina.

Music Teacher

Gave private piano and violin lessons.

Theater Director

Directed The Sound of Music while teaching English, Geography, and International Studies in the Dominican Republic.

Nonprofit Co-Director

Created training curriculum for leaders and conducted annual events for Awana Clubs International in the Dominican Republic.
Pivotal Career Decision
In Pursuit of a Dream

Marketing Manager

Managed web designers, sales vendors, and wrote copy for a self-publishing boutique.

Masters Degree in Instructional Design

For my Action Research Project at Full Sail University, I tested video curriculum as a solution to making arts education accessible and affordable around the globe.

Community Manager

Managed content marketing campaign for Full Sail University.

University Instructor

Launched first mobile certificate program in ESL at Full Sail University.
Launching a Nonprofit

Founder of World Upside Down

World Upside Down incorporated on March 21, 2013. All titles aside…until we are sustainable, I’m 🙋🏻‍♀️ Head Volunteer.

Spanish Teacher

Taught Spanish 2 for Florida Virtual School.

English as a Second Language

I’ve taught ESL to students ages 6-adult over a span of 20 years.

Coding Instructor & Curriculum Designer

I taught block coding on Scratch to students ages 5-13 with my son Adriel.
The World Upside Down Teacher Movement

World Upside Down Community Director

In 2020 I partnered with SteveSongs to start creating elementary music curriculum. Teachers can join our membership to get monthly releases of new curriculum…all for free.

Senior Instructional Designer

I work for PowerTrain, creating eLearning training for our military personnel.

Let’s turn the World Upside Down together.

My windy teacher path has finally brought me to where I am today. I’ve met hundreds of arts educators who teach the arts to change the world. We all agree that arts education is or should be…

🙋🏻‍♀️ First, we believe that all students on planet earth should have access to arts education—no matter how rich or how poor, no matter the language, the ethnicity, or country.

🙋🏽‍♂️ Second, we believe that arts education is one of the best tools we can use life to the minds and hearts of our students—to give them a hope and a future.

🙋🏿‍♀️ Third, we believe that teaching resources should be amazing and affordable.

If you agree, I would love for you to join our World Upside Down teacher community today.

Free Membership