Joy McLaughlin, Ed.D.


Joy began her career as a high school French teacher and subsequently taught ESL in public high school for 17 years. During her teaching career she was named district and high school Teacher of the Year and then served as the Lead ESL Teacher for Forsyth County Schools until 1999. Joy was the Director of LEP Programs for Asheboro City Schools until her retirement from public education in 2007. In 2008, she became Coordinator of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI) Guide to the SIOP Model state SIOP training. She now serves on the NC DPI SIOP Support team and has had extensive national SIOP training. Joy has designed and taught online courses for Learn NC at UNC Chapel Hill and conducts professional development in a variety of areas across the state of NC for general education teachers who teach English Language Learners.

As a national WIDA Consultant, Joy has conducted trainings for teachers all over the US. She is presently an instructor in the MATESOL program at Greensboro College and has taught as an adjunct professor at UNC -Greensboro and UNC - Pembroke.

Joy has received numerous awards and recognitions which include Carolina TESOL Service Award in 2008. In addition, she was twice recipient of NC Governor's Awards for special programs for LEP students. Joy presents at a variety of conferences and is valued for her knowledge in the field of English as a Second Language.

Teachers find it easy to relate to her classroom experience and her ability to present information in practical and meaningful ways.

Joy presently lives in Lewisville, NC and is active in and the Hispanic League of the Piedmont Triad as a volunteer and former board member. Joy received her BA in Education from the University of SC. In 1992, she received her doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Cultural Studies from UNC-Greensboro.

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