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.