Joyce Holden-Duncan, second grade teacher, is the 2012-2013 Ingleside School Teacher of the Year.
Duncan began her teaching career at Ingleside School as a first grade teacher. She is well respected by her peers and is an inspiration to those who work with her on a daily basis. As a recipient of the Teacher of the Year award, Duncan was nominated an selected for this honor by her colleagues.
“Joyce Duncan is a genuine asset to Ingleside School,” said Debbie Harrison, principal of Ingleside School. “Her compassionate nature and positive attitude allow her students to feel comfortable and at home in their learning environment so that they want to learn and want to do their very best.”
When asked her favorite part of working at Ingleside, Duncan's glowing response focused on her colleagues.
"Ingleside is a family. There is love, encouragement, and guidance given every day. It is one for all and all for one. Excellence is a part of every expectation, lesson and relationship," said Duncan.
Below, Duncan answers questions about her choice to become a teacher and goals for her students, in her own words.
Why did you choose teaching as your profession?
I have always loved school. I love being a student and learning new things. It just seemed like a natural progression to chose a career in the classroom. I get to be a part of learning everyday. I get to see learning in action. I, too, learn everyday from my students. One of the biggest lessons I have learned is...Keep it simple, enjoy every minute, and look forward to recess.
Is there someone who serves as a role model for you as teacher?
I have always looked up to Ben Wilson. I was hired by Mr. Wilson to teach first grade at Ingleside. He has a unique way of bringing out the best in everyone. His expectations were always high, but he supported and guided your learning. He believed in me and somehow just knowing that made it easier to accomplish things. I learned that hard work is valued and its rewards are immeasurable. I learned so much from him. I am most grateful to his guidance and generosity to me.
What is your goal for your students?
My goal for each of my students is to always do their personal best! Their personal best in everything they do ... their class work, homework, manners, friendships ... everything. I want them to understand that their work is a reflection of them. Their work and interactions should reflect the bright and beautiful child I see. Also, I want them to understand the gift and power of reading and enjoy their time with me.
What do you believe to be the most important thing you teach your students?
It has been said that “Children are messengers to a time we will never see”. I want my children to hold the message of perseverance, positivity, and success. I want them to excel at anything they chose to do or be.
What do you hope is in the future of the Athens City Schools?
I hope that Athens City Schools will continue to expect the best of both their teachers and students.