Phone: 256-430-0001 ext. 83111


Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. History and Classics, The University of Alabama Teacher Licensure, The University of Colorado M.A. Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, The University of Alabama

Mrs. Jennifer D. Joy

Salvēte Discipulī et Parentēs! (Hello Students and Parents!)

I am excited about beginning a new school year with you all! I fell headlong in love with the culture, history, and language of the Romans at the age of fourteen when I enrolled in my first Latin course as a 9th-grader at John Carroll High School in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to joining Liberty, I taught at Hoover High School, Mountain Brook Junior High School, and Hoover High yet again after a few years at home when my sons were young.

My high school Latin teacher and three universities have brought me to where I am today. I completed my undergraduate work in History and Classics at the University of Alabama.  A couple of years later, I earned my teaching credentials at the University of Colorado in Boulder. And to wrap it all up, I completed a Master's Degree in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching in 2009. In 2003, I married Ethan, an 8th-grade ELA teacher at Discovery, and in 2006 and 2010, we welcomed sons Eric and Davis. 

I am extremely fortunate to have been the recipient of several grants in recent years, which have enabled me to study and travel extensively in Italy. My most recent adventure with UMass Boston's Rome for Teachers program in 2019 encouraged me to teach Latin in a way that is more accessible, engaging, and quite simply fun. I can't wait to help you make friends with some characters from all over the Mediterranean area who are about 2000 years old!

I love to hear from parents and students, so please reach out to let me know what's on your mind! 

See you soon!