Joel Michael Valley is a graduate from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. He has collaborated with talented teams of reporters, editors, photographers, and is currently working with Education Week as the publication's photo intern. Joel has also researched and written on topics, which include campus diversity, domestic politics and homelessness awareness. He is from Houston and an avid fan of the Texans, Rockets and Astros. In addition, he is also a photographer—a lifelong passion of his.