Joy joined the middle school at DVFS in 2011 teaching science. She has been
teaching science in independent schools
for over 20 years. Originally from Chicago,
she earned her BSED in Biology Education
from West Chester University and a Masters
in Integrated Science Education from
University of Pennsylvania. Joy's goal has always been to make science relevant to her Middle school students. She is certified
in Biology and Middle School Science.
Q: Why do you like teaching at DVFS?
I am given the freedom to teach Middle School science the way science should be; we explore, we talk, we collaborate. At DV, I have the opportunity to take the time to engage the students and focus on their needs and interests, not adhere exclusively to a pre-determined curriculum.
Q: How is DVFS different than other schools where you have taught?
DV's focus on meeting all varieties of student needs with research-based methodologies is far different than my other experiences. I'm provided with the tools to help our students learn.
Q: How do you help students with learning differences learn?
In the Middle School, confidence is so very important. I help students feel good about themselves. This, in turn, allows them to be greater self-advocates.
Q: What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
STEM is a passion of mine. Every year the Middle School science program includes STEM activities. Hands-on, project-based, real world problems infuse our science units.
Q: In your experience, what sets DVFS students apart?
DVFS students learn what their needs are so that they can become self-advocates and really go after what they need to learn in the best way possible for them.
Q: How do your other roles at the school provide a different perspective?
As an Advisor, I get to see the students in a different light. I'm their advocate. I help them learn how to solve their problems, tackle their struggles. I can do this in a much deeper way than I can in the science classes.