Joy is an innovative educator with a proven track record of leading schools in various capacities. Her background as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and chief academic officer equipped her with unique experiences in strategic academic planning, culture building, school inception, and teacher induction. Under her academic leadership, Ivy Preparatory Academy at Gwinnett was designated as a 2011 – 2012 Georgia Department of Education “Rewards School,” a distinction given to the state’s highest performing schools.
Joy has worked closely with principals and school leadership teams to drive network alignment and create instructional coherency across a network of three schools. Additionally, Joy has served as a summer analyst for the U.S. Department of Education, where she evaluated trends in the charter school sector. She holds a Master of Education in educational administration and policy and a doctorate from the University of Georgia in the same field. Joy is a University of Georgia football fan, loves spending time with her nieces and nephews, and loves all things women and girl empowerment!