It was a Tuesday night. March 10, 2015. Laura Joy was driving home after dinner with her brother’s family. It had been half a year since she’d packed up and moved to Hampton, Virginia to be near his kids. The sun was setting in her rearview mirror as she headed east on I-64, and Laura Joy sensed the sudden urge to write, though it had been years since she put pen to paper. That night, on her front porch, Laura Joy sat with a glass of wine on her white wicker love seat and lost herself in the written word.
She’s done the same thing every Tuesday night since. Writer’s Growth, her blog, is Laura Joy’s own form of writing therapy. She doesn’t plan what she’ll write, and she doesn’t revise and edit. It’s two solid hours, unplugged, and it’s where she’s most raw and real and authentic. She writes through whatever comes to mind, and her brain weaves in analogies as she processes life, ultimately growing as she does.
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FAMILY: Laura Joy was born and raised in Upstate New York, is the third of four children. Her father, a retired dentist, and her mother, a retired fifth grade teacher, still reside in Syracuse. Her brothers (gastroenterologist, theologian, and businessman) all married teachers and have given Laura Joy seven incredible nieces and nephews… so far.
TRAINING: In 2005, Laura Joy completed her BA in English Education with a Spanish minor and began teaching in the Nashville Public Schools. She has since instructed in English, Spanish, English as a Second Language, and World Geography. She was awarded her MS in Instructional Media and Technology from Wilkes University in 2012. She is a Level 2 Google Certified Educator and currently pursuing her gifted endorsement via graduate courses at Shenandoah University.
CAREER: Currently, Laura Joy serves as a sixth and seventh grade Language Arts Teacher at Spratly Gifted Center in Hampton, Virginia.
LIFE: Outside of the classroom, Laura Joy enjoys playtime with her nieces and nephews and in her garden beds. She likes reading, writing, and writing about reading and writing. She exercises daily, scrapbooks occasionally, and dabbles in media projects when creativity strikes. Her current pursuits include mastering new recipes in the kitchen and the Italian language on her Android.