By: Bradley Cole
Lucy Joyce isn’t kidding when she says school is her second home.
The North Henderson teacher has spent countless hours on the school’s campus grading papers, creating lesson plans, and guiding her students to the right path.
Although she has only been a teacher at North for nearly two years, Joyce quickly earned the respect of her peers.
With that, she was nominated by fellow North teachers as the 2016-2017 North Henderson Teacher of the Year. The school held a special staff meeting on Wednesday to announce the news.
Initially, being named Teacher of the Year gave Joyce a roller coaster ride of positive emotions.
“I was very overwhelmed in a lot of different of ways,” Joyce said. I was overwhelmed with gratitude and appreciation for my colleagues and for their kind words. I felt honored.”
Joyce went on to talk about her peers.
“It has been such a joy to teach here. The administration is incredibly supportive. My colleagues love kids and have the best priorities. It’s great to be here,” Joyce added.
The history teacher is currently in her second year of teaching at North. Previously, Joyce taught for three years at East Chapel Hill High School.
She found her love of teaching inside her own family. She followed her mom’s footsteps, who was a high school physics teacher. Joyce says the fact she can have real conversations with high school kids and interact with different people everyday pushed her to pursue a career in teaching, as well as seeing her mom work with kids everyday growing up.
Not only did Joyce’s peers see her continuous hard work and dedication, North Henderson’s principal did as well.
“Mrs. Joyce embodies what is means to be a true Knight in multiple facets,” principal John Shepard said. “She goes above and beyond the call of duty to serve her students. She cares deeply about her classroom instruction and wants to see ALL of her students reach their potential.”
Joyce will now be eligible to become Henderson County’s Teacher of the Year in the coming months.