Here at Chicago School Supply, we believe wholeheartedly that teachers hold communities together. We have all heard the cliché about it taking a village to raise a child. The fact of the matter is it’s true!
Teachers are one of the main pillars of a sound and progressive society. They bear the weight and responsibility of teaching, and, apart from parents, are the main source of knowledge and values for children. – From The Importance of Teachers
Beginning this month, we will be highlighting an educator who truly makes a difference in their community. In the Chicago School Supply community, that person is Joy Price Lewis, Teaching Safari Lead Instructor.
Joy comes from a family of educators. Her mother has been teaching since 1971, and has no intentions of retiring soon. Her mother inspires her to want to educate generations. Joy wants to raise the quality of the current state in education. She has committed herself to life-long learning and becoming a change agent in educational environments.
She has taught Pre-School, 2nd grade, 5th grade, 7th, and 8th grade. Her commitment to the whole child reflects in the activities she partakes in the school community such as 8th Grade Activities (Celebration, Luncheon, and Graduation), The National Junior Beta Club, Annual Award Banquet, Coordinator, School Event(s) Coordinator, Black McDonalds Owners Association (BMOA) Write to Achieve, Mayor Daley Book Club, B.B.G. Inspirational Dance, Girl’s Basketball Coach, 5th and 6th Girls Volleyball Coach, and 5th-6th Cross Country Track Coach.
She was nominee for the Golden Apple Award in 2006 and a finalist for the DRIVE (Delivering Results through Innovative and Visionary Education) in 2007.
Currently she is a doctoral candidate at Illinois State University in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction her research is focus is writing instruction. In pursuit of her PhD in education, Joy has completed research in the following areas: classroom management, data analysis, writing instruction, conformity in middle schools, the impact of social backgrounds and expectations on reading achievement, writing assessment, teacher evaluation and professional development, and the relationship between the school and the foster child. While studying abroad in the United Kingdom in 2007, Joy completed a reflective and comparative analysis of writing instruction and writing assessment in the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Joy is from Chicago, and is a product of the Chicago Public School system and has committed her professional career to the students in this district. She has personified the words of Albert Einstein in her work, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken JOY and creative expression and knowledge.”
Thank you Joy for all that you do!