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Amy Bode

Meet Joy Perley, the Advanced Learning teacher in the elementary and middle school.

Joy Perley is thrilled to join the Timothy community as the new Advanced Learning teacher. Hailing from Orlando, she grew up going to Disney World on weekends and watching space shuttles launch from her bedroom window; these experiences laid the foundation for a lifelong love for creativity, innovation, and exploration. At the University of Florida her passion for other cultures and languages led her to major in Spanish as well as to study abroad three times. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa, she taught third grade and served as a reading resource teacher in public Title I schools in her hometown. She moved to the Chicago area to pursue a Master’s in Intercultural Studies and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Wheaton College, and subsequently spent more than a decade teaching English to immigrants and refugees at local community colleges. For the last six and a half years, she has been a lecturer at Purdue University Northwest and served as Writing Coordinator in the intensive English program there.

Passionate about teacher training, Joy has frequently served as a mentor teacher to graduate interns and routinely guest lectures at Wheaton College and Moody Bible Institute. She also presents regularly at conferences, most often on the topics of creative teaching practices, materials development, writing, and technology. Her desire for missions has resulted in summers spent teaching at a Dominican Tourism Institute, a Colombian missionary school, a Lithuanian Christian college, an Omani technology institute, and a Chinese university. She spent another summer on an archaeological dig at Tel Gezer in Israel and even discovered a 3,000-year-old chalice in King Solomon’s palace, a find that landed her on the cover of Biblical Archaeology Review. With an unquenchable thirst to explore the world, she has traveled to sixty countries; her most recent adventures took her to Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. When stateside, she can be found exploring Chicago architecture, drinking tea with friends, reading mysteries and historical fiction, and watching international dramas.

Joy is already a familiar face to international students at TCHS as her twin sister, Mary, works as the ELL Coordinator. Only a minute apart, the twins are best friends and travel buddies who love to collaborate on projects and presentations. Given the school’s excellent academic reputation and her sister’s wonderful experience, Joy is excited to join the Timothy family this fall. She looks forward to meeting everyone and hopes to provide an enriching experience for advanced learners.