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  Joy Varnell
Teaching Areas - Education

B.A. (Liberal Studies), California State University, San Bernardino, USA (1982)
M.A. (Education) California State University, Sa Bernardino, USA (1997)
Ed. D. (Educational Leadership) Azusa Pacific University, Azusa California, USA (2006)
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Ministerial Background

Joy Assisted her husband Richard in pastoral ministry beginning with their first pastorate in Blythe, California.  They also pastored in Bloomington, California, planted a new church in the Coachella Valley and served as Interim pastor in Twentynine Palms, California.  Joy ministered to women and often served as Director of Children's Ministries at each of their pastorates.

Areas of Research Interest, Writings and Teaching

The title of Joy's Dissertation is " The Perceptions of Highly Successful Southern California  Elementary Clssroom Teachers Regarding their Success in Teaching Reading in Classrooms with a Large Majority of Low Socio-Economic Status Latino Students."  Her article in Kappa Delta Pi Record,, "Short-changing our kids" was published in 2005.  Her review in Childhood Education of the Book, "Creating Schools that Heal: Real Life solutions was published in 2003.

Joy teaches classes in children's ministries to churches and at sectional meetings.  She presented "The dilemma of Christian teachers in public schools:  How should we live out our faith?" at the annual Christian Educators Association International Annual Conference, and at the annual Student Symposium on Ethics in Education at Azusa Pacific University.  Classes Joy has taught at the university level include the following: Foundations in Literacy: Reading, Writing, and Language Instruction; Curriculum and Instructional Design; Subject Specific Methodologies; Educational Research Seminar and Project; Seminar in Learning Theory

Family and Personal Interest

Joy and Richard have been married for 47 years.  They have a married daughter and a married son with five grandchildren.  Joy retires from public elementary school teaching with over 25 year's experience and still retains her California teaching credential.  She enjoys doing almost anything with her grandchildren, especially projects like making pies or teaching the girls to sew.