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Joan Butts is a well-known bridge personality who has played for Australia, and taught thousands of people around the country to play bridge. She has owned and operated a bridge club for nearly thirty years, and has a passion for bridge education. In 2011, Joan was appointed the Australian Bridge Federation’s National Teaching Coordinator. In this capacity she trains teachers, introducing them to the latest methods in bridge education, and creating and running professional development programmes. Joan has a BA, Dip Ed, Dip Ed Psych from University of Queensland, and many years of teaching experience.

In August 2017, Joan launched her Online School of Bridge, which offers a growing library of lessons based on a recommended curriculum, with videos, notes, quizzes and hand reviews. Members are able to play lesson and random hands with bridge robots, and check hints about bidding and play. Joan now has members of all levels located all around the world who log on to to play interactive hands, including those from her three bridge books. These are: “Play Bridge 1: A Workbook for the absolute Beginner”. “Play Bridge 2: A Workbook for Help with Play”, and “Introduction to Two over One Game Force.”