Joy Kelly has been an educator for more than 25 years. She has served as a high school teacher, 7-12 parochial school principal and a public high school associate principal, where she was named the Iowa 2016 Associate Principal of the Year. She served as principal in a large comprehensive public high school and has also served as Head of School for a PK-12 Catholic school system. Having been an administrator in both public and parochial schools, Joy brings extensive knowledge and understanding of student achievement, community building, teacher leadership, and managing discipline issues. Joy believes the vitality and success of any school rests in the culture of the school community. It is her belief that positive student achievement occurs as a result of the safe and supportive relationships developed among the adults in the school and with the students and their families. Along with Jimmy Casas, Joy co-authored Handle with Care: Managing Difficult Situations in Schools with Dignity and Respect. Joy is the proud mother of five children and believes her journey with them makes her a better school leader to the students and staff with whom she works every day.
In this episode, we discuss:
- What life events impacted the change in Joy’s career,
- She shares what she has found healing in the midst of family illnesses and loss, and
- Joy shares a holiday message that can help us reflect on how we are living our lives
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