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.
In her own words:

"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"
- Joy Paul

What others say about Joy:

"Joy has been a kind, patient and understanding advisor and teacher. She manages to get to the heart of the matter in a practical and deeply caring manner, we have loved having her as advisor."
- Miranda Fozard, DV Parent

"Joy is the kind of teacher that inspires kids to love Science. For children with learning disabilities, Science can be a more difficult subject. Joy, in collaboration with other DV staff, has worked to make the information accessible for all students. For example, when my sons tell me about the parts of the plant and how pollination occurs I am amazed. For two students who have difficulty with memory and processing, it amazes me how much Joy has taught them. She is a great asset to DVFS!"
- Kara Renninger, DV Parent

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