Meet Ms. Joyner

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.  -Walt Disney  


A Beginning of the Year Message 
from Ms. Joyner:

Parents & Guardians:

Welcome to 4th grade!  I am very excited about the upcoming school year, and I hope you and your child are too.  This new school year marks my 14th as an elementary school teacher.  Teaching is a commitment I take very seriously.  I recognize that each of my students has his or her own way of learning and it is important for me to determine these styles in order to help all of my students achieve to the best of their ability.

I call my students Jewels because they are very precious to me.  I take their safety, education, and general well-being very seriously.  I will set high, but clear and appropriate expectations for all of my Jewels and will assist them in using their knowledge and abilities to meet those expectations.  As I expect respect, cooperation, participation, and honesty from my Jewels, they should expect the same from me.  I believe the enthusiasm and dedication I have for my profession sets an example for my students.

We are going to have a busy and productive school year, filled with fun and exciting learning activities, social events, and much more. Keeping the lines of communication open between home and school is a key component to the success of your child’s education.  I will keep you informed of our classroom policies, curriculum, your child’s progress, and other information that will aid in making this year successful and memorable.  You will find a lot of information about our classroom on our website at  Please check this site often because I update it regularly.  You are the most important person in your child’s life and together we can help your Jewel reach many exciting goals.  Thank you for your help and support this year! ~Ms. Joyner

Just a Little About Me...

I am a Southern girl through and through.  No, I don't sport a confederate flag on my car and you definitely won't find one waving outside the door to my home!  But I love the history of our state and some of the traditions.  I love that it has mountains and a coastline.  I love Carolina BBQ, sweet tea, grits.  I call of group of folks y'all and I won't hesitate to "bless his heart" and call you sweetheart or honey.  No, I don't drive a tractor and I'm not really into country music but I do love that I was born and raised in North Carolina with the relaxed (at least when school is out....ha ha!) atmosphere and where you can talk to a complete stranger at the grocery store and not be considered a total weirdo!  Yes, we do shut things down when there's even the threat of a snow day and a hot, humid July or August day will almost make you want to pour an entire cooler over your head and not necessarily for an ALS challenge! 

I was born and raised in Rocky Mount, NC and I'm grateful that I had a generally normal and quiet childhood.  I moved away from Rocky Mount in 1999 to attend college but I do go home quite often to visit my parents, my grandmother, aunts, uncles, and other friends.  Although I'm not planning to ever live there again, I am glad that I can call eastern North Carolina home. 

The first and most important love in my life is God but my family is a close second!  Family is very important to me and I am very fortunate that most of my family lives nearby.  I am a firm believer that there's very little in this world that we can accomplish alone.  I know that my family has my back when I really need them and I'm fully aware that not everyone has that.  Sure, we get on each other's nerves sometimes but what family doesn't have that problem?  I know we still love and care for each other through thick and thin.  So, you wanna meet them?  If so, read on!

The love of my life:  my daughter.  Isn't she just the most adorable toddler in the picture above????  Of course I'm a little biased!  So, here she is today:

Still gorgeous!  She was so excited when she got her first smart phone.  I was a little reluctant to get her a phone because she was only a 7th grader but she's very responsible and I know that I can trust her.  She is the light in my life.  She continues to amaze me every single day and she has saved me in so many ways.  I am not sure what I did to deserve to be her mommy but I'm so glad that I am! 

My parents, my daughter and me in 2008 
at one of my favorite places on Earth!

My beautiful sister, Amy and Ama
 We called my grandmother Ama
a nickname from my daughter 
when she couldn't say Mema
Ama passed away in 2013. 
I miss her quite a bit 
and I look forward 
to the time I'll see her again.

My grandparents (dad's parents)
My grandfather also passed away in 2013.  
He was a kind and soft-spoken man and I miss him dearly.  I know one day I'll see him again!

My youngest brother is pictured above with my daughter.  I have one other brother who lives in California (pictured below).

My mother and my sweet baby a long time ago (my baby is 13 now!)

My dad and brothers

My beautiful daughter 
and adorable nephew
My sister and brother-in-law

When I graduated from high school from Northern Nash Senior High in Rocky Mount, college was the last thing on my mind.  I thought I could make my first million on my own so why would I need to go to college?  HA!  That all changed when I decided that I wanted to be a teacher more than
anything else.

While working full-time in a variety of positions including business, sales, and transportation, I enrolled in
Nash Community College's transfer program.  I only applied to one place to transfer:  the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  I graduated in 2004 with a BA in elementary education.  

In August of 2005, I started my first teaching job with Durham Public Schools at Fayetteville Street Elementary School in Durham, NC.  After teaching fourth grade for 3 years there, I next took a position at Parkwood Elementary as the technology facilitator.  Previously while attending UNC, my student teaching assignment was at Parkwood so it felt like I was coming home.  I thought I would love the position but after a year of trying to teach computer skills to 650 students for 45 minutes per week, I decided that wasn't the tech facilitator model for me.  
So I went back into the classroom to teach third grade.  I looped to fourth grade with my Jewels and then taught another year of fourth grade for a total of 4 years at Parkwood.  During my last year there, I was able to participate in AIG training for teachers at Duke.  Now, normally I would never have anything positive to say about Dookies (GO HEELS!) but I have to admit that I got to experience an education program at its finest!  
(I still hate Coach K, though!)  

Kestrel Heights Charter School opened the K-5 part of their school in 2012 and I was excited for a new adventure there.  I taught fourth grade for 3 years at Kestrel and I feel very honored to have been part of the inaugural group of KHES.  

I began my teaching career with Wake County Public Schools in 2015 at Walnut Creek Elementary School.  I made some amazing friendships and had wonderful Jewels in my classes while I was at WCES.  I will truly miss them all and I hope to keep in touch with many of them!

I was very excited to continue my love of teaching with the Olive Chapel Elementary family starting with the 2017-2018 school year.  I am so happy that I have found a supportive team of educators and families to work with at OCES and I look forward to staying for a long time to come.  I am so excited to meet new Jewels and working with their families to make this the best school year ever!  Please check our website often to share in our learning adventures this year.

Click the image above for a list 
of some of my favorite things!

Click the image above to like my 
Disney Travel Planning Facebook page.
DISNEY!  It truly is the happiest place on earth and I really enjoy losing myself and being able to act like a kid at Disney parks.  I love all things Disney so much that I became a part-time Disney travel agent with Mickey Travels in 2011.  Going to Disney?  I'll be glad to help you plan your trip from beginning to end!  The best part is that all of my Disney vacation planning services are FREE! Click the image above for more information.
                  GO HEELS! 

I love 
Tarheel basketball 
and I enjoy attending games whenever possible.  Spending time with family, especially my daughter, is one of my favorite things to do.  I enjoy scrapbooking, beading, and creating web sites in my spare time.  Photography has become one of my special interest areas in the past few years.  I also like movies, most types of music, history, and ANYTHING Disney!  (Look closely on our web site and you just might find some hidden Mickeys!)

I also love to travel.  My sister and I spent about a month in London participating in a travel abroad program through UNC.  While in London, we visited Edinburgh, Scotland and Paris, France.  It was one of the best experiences of my life.  I recommend it to everyone!