About Michael Joyce
I was born and raised in Willingboro
New Jersey, about 25 minutes outside of Philadelphia, PA. I come from
a large extended family, (I'm the 3rd of 26 grandchildren). I have 2 brothers
Bill and Dan and a sister Jaime. I attended grade school at Garfield
East Elementary school in Willingboro. I attended high school at St.
Mary's Hall Doane Academy in Burlington, NJ. At St. Mary's, I played
soccer, baseball, and was a member of the drama club and mock trial team.
I was also involved in scouting and earned my Eagle Scout award in 1990.
I graduated from high school in 1991 and earned a scholarship to Montclair
State University in Upper Montclair NJ, located 15 minutes outside New
York City. At college, I worked for the Residence Life department as a resident
assistant and assistant manager. I was a member of Alpha
Phi Omega, National Service Fraternity and member of Phi
Sigma Pi, National Honors Fraternity. After completing my student teaching
at Malcolm X Shabazz
High School in Newark NJ, I graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in
History and a teaching credential in January 1996.
After substitute teaching and selling luggage for a semester, I moved to
North Carolina to work for the summer for the National
Wildlife Federation at Wildlife Camp in Hendersonville, NC. I then applied
to the Americorps
program and became a VISTA Volunteer. My VISTA assignment brought me
to California, specifically a small rural community in the Sierra Foothills,
Greenwood. I worked for the California
Conservation Corps setting up a literacy tutoring program, coordinating
a community service learning program and advising the Corpsmember Advisory
Board. I learned a lot about the CCC motto, (hardwork, low pay, miserable
conditions and more). It was an incredible 2 years where I learned so many
skills, how to be a commerical driver, how to be a lifeguard, how to use
computers and many more. In June of 1998, I went back to graduate school.
While looking for a job, I was very lucky to find an advertisement for a
teaching position in Davis. I have been a teacher at Davis
Senior High School ever since. I have taught United States History (11th
grade, World Civilizations (10th grade), Transition Academy World History
(10th grade) and the Student Government/ Leadership class. I enjoyed working
with student government and served 4 years as student activities director.
In May of 2004, I graduated with my masters degree in Education (Curriculum
and Instruction) fromCalifornia State University,
Sacramento. For the 2004-2005 school year, I will continue to teach
Transition Academy World History, begin teaching United States Government
and serve as President of the Davis Teacher Association.
I have several hobbies including traveling, karaoke, swing dancing, camping,
and watching sports especially baseball. I recently traveled to the Western
Caribbean and went snorkelling in the Cayman Islands, toured Mayan Ruins
in Costa Maya and went tubing in the tropical rainforest in Belize.