Dr. Joanna C. Perkins

Mother, educator, and Writer in Seven Lakes, North Carolina

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Assistant Principal at SanLee Middle, an AVID National Demonstration School in Sanford, NC. #keepreachingandrising ↗️

About the name Perkins’ Pieces: Keep picking up the pieces because kids deserve it. Be too curious to leave life's puzzles undone. 💜💛

I try to lead and teach "like a pirate." I believe we inspire others with passion, immersion, rapport, analysis, transformation, and above all, enthusiasm. I am particularly invested in closing opportunity gaps for all children through the power of words and relationships.

This year, my goal is to encourage educators to "Be the wild card!" as Hope and Wade King say from Ron Clark Academy. #bethewildcardlcs

Personally, my boys are my life: wife to Stanley, official mom to Nolan, and dog mom to Cooper. The Bible verse that sums up my life mission is Galatians 5:25. I have one official son but many more adopted sons and daughters I have called "my kids" over the years!

I am a proud public school PK-14 educator, instructional coaching specialist, and literacy advocate. I am a former district Lead Teacher for ELA/Secondary Literacy, co-writer of the 6-12 LCS Literacy Framework, a former AVID District Director, and I am humbled to have been Lee County Schools 2014-15 district Teacher of the Year, representing Southern Lee High School. I taught middle and high school English, middle school Humanities (Social Studies), AVID elective, and AP Language & Composition. With my time in New York City and North Carolina, I had the opportunity to teach each grade level and configuration of 6-12, including Honors, Inclusion, and English/ELA (Engish Language Arts) or Social Studies. I worked for many years as a curriculum developer for public schools' initiatives through TCRWP at Columbia Univ. and Writing Matters via Barnard. My teaching included District 79 in the Bronx (juvenile prison setting) and being a founding teacher of Mott Hall Bridges Academy in Brooklyn (featured in HONY and NY Times).

I view myself as a "sometimes educator but lifelong learner." I hold a BA in English (concentration in Creative Writing, Art History, Spanish/Cultural Anthropology) from MBC as a PEG and an MA/Ed from Hunter CUNY as an NYCTF in English/Adolescent Ed. I recently earned my Ed. S. and Ed. D. in Educational Leadership from Wingate University.

Do you need to contact me? Personal email: joannacperkins@gmail.com

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  • Work
    • Lee County Schools
  • Education
    • Hunter College
    • Mary Baldwin College
    • Wingate University