Council Member Joan Kniss

Joan Kniss
Mayor Pro Tem Kirby Wallin, Ward 1
E-mail:   Mayor Pro Tem Wallin
Phone:   303-655-2261
Terms:   2012 - 2014: Council Member
      2014 - 2016: Mayor Pro Tem

Currently serves on: 
Council Member Joan Kniss, Ward 1
E-mail:   Council Member Kniss
Phone:   303-659-2196
Terms:    2014 - 2018 
Facebook: Council Member Kniss' Facebook page
  
Currently serves on:  Brighton Legacy Foundation, Capital Facility Fee Foundation and Cultural Arts Commission

Mayor Pro Tem Kirby Wallin, Ward 1
E-mail:   Mayor Pro Tem Wallin
Phone:   303-655-2261
Terms:   2012 - 2014: Council Member
      2014 - 2016: Mayor Pro Tem

Currently serves on: 
Joan Kniss was elected to City Council in November 2013.  Joan was born in Brooklyn, New York; however, her family didn’t stay there long and eventually settled in Arvada, CO. After Joan graduated from Arvada High School, she pursued higher education at the University of Northern Colorado where she received a bachelor's degree in secondary English and a master's degree in psychology, counseling and guidance. Joan began her teaching career at North Junior High in Brighton and then transferred to Brighton High School and Thimmig Elementary. During the more than 30 years of teaching in School District 27J, Joan was a language arts teacher, a school counselor, a teacher on special assignment working on curriculum, and an instructional coach for beginning teachers. Joan has received several recognitions: Colorado Teacher of the Year, National Board Certification, Grand Marshall for Brighton’s Second Parade of Lights, and Brighton Kiwanis’ Teacher of the Year. In addition to serving on many school related committees, her work in the community includes eight years on the School District 27J Board of Education, the Brighton Legacy Foundation, Youth Commission Board, Parks and Recreation Board, Capital Facility Fee Foundation, Brighton Breakfast Lions Club, the 9Teachers Who Care Selection Committee, and several committees at Zion Lutheran Church.

Joan is married to Adam who worked at Sakata Farms for more than 50 years. Their “brady bunch” family includes six children and 17 very busy grandchildren.