Phone: (828) 726-3910
Degrees and Certifications:
BS in Special Education Add-on in Secondary English
Mrs. Joyce Whitley
Hello, My name is Mrs. Joyce Whitley.
I have been with Caldwell County Schools since 1995. I began as an Exceptional Student's Assistant at William Lenoir Middle School while I was attending Appalachian State University. I earned my Degree in Special Education and later returned to get an add on license in secondary English. I taught Exceptional students as well as co-taught high school English for 10 years at West Caldwell. When the offer came up to return home to William Lenoir I am sure I said "yes" before the question was completed.
I have been asked many times, "Why did you decide to be a teacher"? The only answer I have is that it has always been a part of who I am. When I was in second grade I helped in the kindergarten classes. When I was in middle school I took a class that allowed me to go to the adjacent elementary school and be an assistant for a fourth grade teacher. Once I was in high school I turned my attention to taking childhood development classes in order to acquire the knowledge of how to teach the right skills at the right time so that a child could advance through life gaining one skill on top of another. It has just always been in my blood. I find nothing else as rewarding as seeing the light turn on and a student grasp a concept he / she has been struggling with for some time.
A little about me: I was born and raised in San Diego, CA and moved to Caldwell County in 1993. I have been married to my husband Robert for 34 years and we have two sons. Both sons graduated from West Caldwell High School. I have two beautiful granddaughters. In my free time I love watching my San Diego Padres, Carolina Panthers, and my son's Tar Heel's basketball. I miss the beach and would some day love to retire to the Outer Banks.