What part of your day do you look forward to the most? (no character limit) *
I truly look forward to after work when I can relax on my couch.
I'm not a morning person and school starts way too early. For so long I was on the grind working multiple jobs and I never valued coming home and having nothing to do. Something happened in the past year or two, I am perfectly content coming home, watching HGTV, and relaxing. I was never that person, but now I've carved out days where allow myself to have nothing and it is the best feeling ever. Now I treasure those days and times. I thought it was lazy, but now I know how important it is.
What's the biggest risk you've ever taken and why? (no character limit) *
I am naturally not a risk taker. I am highly risk averse.
For me taking risks is like breaking rules, and I don’t like breaking rules. I am the type of person who does not cross without the light. I like order and I believe that there is a time and a place for everything. Growing up, we were told that women do not wear pants to church, so to this day I don’t wear pants to a place of worship.
I grew up with very clear standards of how women should behave. Girls are supposed to have long hair. So I adhered to that expectation. I consider risk rebellion and not following the rules and I follow rules. I see it as coloring outside the lines.
However, I guess cutting my hair off and exploring my natural texture is probably the biggest risk I have taken.
What do you want to leave behind? (no character limit) *
I would like to leave behind a legacy of a great educator and role model who supports student growth and acceptance and compassion of all people.
We met Joy through a mutual friend while volunteering with HOBY, a leadership development program for high school students. Her passion for helping students and overall joy was infectious. That was almost ten years ago, and it is only stronger now.
Joy was raised in Connecticut and moved to Cambridge to attend MIT for her undergraduate degree. She has taught mathematics to High School Students in Connecticut for the past 16 years.