Board of Education - Joy Greenstein

 

Joy Greenstein Biography - Incumbant BOEJoy Greenstein

Joy Greenstein is an Elementary Reading Specialist and this is her 21st year of teaching. Joy graduated Cum Laude and earned her M.S. degree in Literacy from Mount St. Mary College and her B.A. degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, and Child Development from SUNY Oneonta. She has been a true leader in the field of education through her current role as the Districts English Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator. Through this role she writes curriculum and aligns it to Common Core State Standards and benchmark assessments, she provides professional development and support to staff, and models best practices in the classroom. With education constantly changing and evolving, she continues her lifetime of learning by enrolling in graduate classes at Western Connecticut State University and online through the Professional Development Institute. In addition to her teaching and learning, she is the Union Vice President and is on the negotiations team. She also runs ELA tutorials before school, and is the advisor and creator of an after school program for higher-level readers. 

Joy moved to Brookfield in 2007 with her husband Matthew because of the great reputation of the Brookfield Schools.  It was the hometown feel that made it an easy decision to start and raise a family in Brookfield. Joy and Matthew have two children, Vanessa and Mason. From that point forward, Joy has been deeply rooted in the Brookfield Community. For the past 10 years, Joy has volunteered in the following capacities: St. Joseph’s Church Catechist and Children’s Choir, Coach for the Brookfield Soccer Club, Coach for the Brookfield Basketball Association, and Vice President, Girls Scheduler, and Coach for the Brookfield Lacrosse Club. Joy has taken on many tasks and projects that have had huge positive impacts on many of our Brookfield Students. For example, spearheading and creating an outdoor classroom at Huckleberry Hill Elementary through the garden, Huck’s Paw Patch, the painting of positive themed sayings and collages throughout the walls of Huckleberry, and leading the charge and spearheading the 8th grade moving-up ceremony and field trips. 

Joy currently serves on the Board of Education after being elected in 2017. She is the chair of the facilities subcommittee and wants nothing more than to continue the great work with the Candlewood Lake Elementary School project, the Boys High School Locker Room Project, getting rid of the portables at Whisconier Middle School, and improving our school facilities district wide. Joy is also a very valued member of the CAPE subcommittee and works closely with building administrators, and the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction to implement new initiatives and programs, improve current programs of studies, identify instructional needs, review textbooks and materials, curriculum alignment, approve teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence, and most important, to ensure objectivity in the curriculum. Joy is also a member of the Youth Commission and the Brookfield Education Foundation. 

As a current Board of Education Member, Joy has respect for diverse points of view and approaches each decision with an open mind.  She understands that anyone who comes before the board has the right to be heard, not just to speak.  And that it’s her job to build public understanding, support and participation free of political bias. Joy prioritizes the need to be fiscally responsible, while valuing the need to be competitive by hiring and retaining high quality teachers and staff. 

 

 

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