There’s only one world, but how do you see it?

Educator & Media Specialist, Laura Joy Palma

Ms. Palma was born and raised in Upstate New York, in the suburbs of Syracuse. She is third of four children and the only daughter. Her father is a dentist and her mother is a retired fifth grade teacher; both reside in Syracuse. Her oldest brother, David, a gastroenterologist, and his wife, a former high school English teacher, are raising a girl and a boy in Greenville, SC. Her other older brother, Paul, is finishing is doctorate at Regent University, and his wife, Gabrielle, a reading interventionist at Bryan Elementary, are proud parents to a son and twin girls. Her younger brother, Tim, is a businessman with GNC, and his wife is a fifth grade teacher in Pittsburgh.  Is there a trend here?

Ms. Palma began her undergraduate work at Wheaton College outside Chicago in Illinois and, after a short summer visit to Music City, made the move to Nashville, concluding her studies at Belmont University. She earned her BA in English Education and a minor in Spanish in December 2005. The following month she began her teaching career at Overton High School in Davidson County, teaching English Language Learners and first year Spanish students. In the fall of 2006, Ms. Palma began the first of six schoolyears in Nashville School of the Arts teaching tenth grade English, Spanish I, yearbook, AP English III Language and Composition, and World Geography.  Now, having completed her MS in Instructional Media and Technology at Wilkes University, Ms. Palma' passions have been reinvigorated!  Her

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Laura Joy’s Philosophy of Education

A collection of education-related video productions and presentations

Touring Mammoth Caves, an analogy

methodology has changed along with the new perspective with which she has returned to the classroom.  She currently serves at Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, Virginia, teaching tenth grade English and Yearbook.  She is KHS’s English Instructional Leader and also a member of the Technology Teacher Leader and Building Leadership teams.

As former six-term president of the Nu Phi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor's Society of Education, former president and president-elect of the Tennessee Council of Teachers of English, and member of Sigma Tai Delta, International Honor's Society of English, Ms. Palma is constantly seeking improvement for techniques used in the classroom. Collaborating with other educators and fostering relationships with colleagues provides her with additional insights on how to foster a positive learning community.  She has delivered nearly a dozen workshops and presentations with Kappa Delta Pi and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.  Leading professional development workshops for other educators is creeping in as a goal of her career.  

Outside of teaching and lesson-planning, Ms. Palma enjoys reading, writing, and reading about reading and writing. She exercises and lifts weights, scrapbooks, sings, plays piano, acts, and creates video projects for friends, family, and even school. She is former owner of a media and educational production company, Building Perception, which she launched in April 2010.  She also hosts an online educational journal, Perception, at