Teacher: Joy Cox
Subject: Science and Mathematics
School: KORE Academy
Understanding and motivating students with learning differences might prove to be a daunting task for some, but not for Joy Cox. She reaches her students through technology and hands-on/minds-on teaching. Middle school students in Cox's class learn through multimedia resources such as virtual laboratories and scientific inquiry, as well as real life applications like job shadowing professionals in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
Many students come to KORE lacking confidence due to their learning challenges. Cox has been able to build their confidence through positive reinforcement and praise. She also possesses the ability to spark the interest and imagination of her students by engaging them in their own learning processes. Using individualized learning plans, Cox ensures her students succeed in a manner that is consistent with their academic and social needs.
Cox works diligently to instill an appreciation for science and technology in each student through continuous exposure to STEM topics both inside and outside the classroom. Students have conducted math experiments in pizza parlors and have even made scientific inquiries in places like Mammoth Cave.
Cox has been described as a teacher who is an inspiration not only to her students, but to any parent who has a child with learning challenges.