Joanne Giovanelli taught for ten years in Lexington Richland School District Five. She previously taught at Dutch Fork Middle School for eight years, CrossRoads Intermediate for two years and is now currently teaching at River Bluff High School in Lexington School District One.

Mrs. Giovanelli attended the University of South Carolina, where she received a Performance Certificate in Cello Performance, and a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in Music Education. She continued her education at Columbia College. There, she received a Master of Education in Divergent Learning. Under Mrs. Giovanelli's direction, the orchestras participated each year in the SCMEA Concert Performance Assessment and have received "superior" ratings. In addition, Mrs. Giovanelli's orchestras have received "superior" ratings in regional competitions. In 2015 and 2019, the Dutch Fork Middle School Honors Orchestra performed at the SCMEA annual conference held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Mrs. Giovanelli is an active member of NAfME, SCMEA, and ASTA. She has served as a guest clinician, conductor, and adjudicator for multiple districts and regions across the Southeast. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Giovanelli is a freelance cellist. She resides in Chapin, South Carolina with her husband Robert Giovanelli and her dogs, Rimba and Bongo, and her cat Caxixi.