Hi! My name is Stacey Lorinn Joy. I have been a teacher for over 30 years, but I am also a writer who self-published in 2013. I have been writing since I was a child. I remember spending summers writing in poetry journals, designing greeting cards, and creating love stories to entertain me and my best friends.
When I lost my mother in 2010 to cancer, I was devastated and the grief seemed insurmountable. I attended a summer writing institute at UCLA and my healing began. I wrote through my pain and began to see my writing as a gift I needed to share. I believe you are not using your gift as a writer if you never share it. Writing is a gift, and gifts are meant for giving. I launched this blog in 2013 and it led to my first self-published book.
I have been teaching since I was in first grade. I played school everyday and I was very strict and serious about my “work” as an aspiring teacher. Today, I teach incredibly brilliant fifth graders. As a product of LAUSD, I am honored to be a teacher in the same district. Both of my parents taught in and retired from LAUSD. I am a National Board Certified Teacher, a Los Angeles Unified School District Teacher of the Year, and a Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year.
I am a person who loves teaching, writing, and sharing my gifts.