Bachelor of Science in Materials Engineering, minor in Medical Sociology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
In 2016, Joy earned her bachelor’s degree in Materials Engineering, and her minor in Medical Sociology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She continued her studies at UAB, and later received her master’s degree in Materials Engineering in 2018. After receiving her master’s, Joy was offered a fellowship from UAB’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This fellowship granted her the ability to focus her interests on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-related community outreach in efforts to solve problems with direct implications on diversity, equity, and inclusion in surrounding areas.
In the wake of COVID, after completing all her PhD coursework, she decided to make the brave decision to follow her passion. She realized her energy and enthusiasm would be better suited to fostering an environment where students can truly learn and enjoy math and science. Joy began teaching math and science at Fusion Buckhead in January 2022, and has committed to engaging, encouraging, and improving students’ interests in STEM and STEM careers.
Joy was born in Macon, Georgia where she remained until beginning college. She has loved and enjoyed math and science from as early as she can remember. As a child, she frequently participated in math and science programs year-round to encourage her love for STEM. Throughout her schooling she attended both private and public schools where she struggled to remain challenged by the curriculum, so she resulted to helping others understand the concepts.
During her time at these schools, she developed her passion for helping other students understand and grow to love math and science. She learned that everyone is capable of doing and succeeding in math and science if given proper instruction and adequate resources. This understanding was her underlying driving force to continuing her education in STEM where her goal was to advocate for, and encourage students to learn, embrace, and love math and science.
Fun Facts and Hobbies
- Spending time in nature
- Playing frisbee
- DIY projects