Joel Petlin resides in Monsey, New York with his wife. They have five children and three grandchildren. Joel grew up in Southern California and has degrees from UCLA, SUNY New Paltz and Cardozo School of Law. Since 1992, he has been employed by the Kiryas Joel School District in Orange County, New York, a public school program serving hundreds of students with special needs. He was appointed School Superintendent in 2007, and currently supervises a staff of more than 400 employees. His interests include education, politics, law, religion, public policy and seeing the Mets win the World Series.