Ms. Emily Dawson

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Ms. Emily Dawson

I am so excited and honored to be a part of the JY Joyner family. I became a teacher because I can't see myself doing anything else. I enjoy building relationships with students and watching them learn and grow socially, academically, and emotionally. I love teaching kindergarten and can’t wait to meet my new class! I grew up in Raleigh and went to Wake County Public Schools for elementary, middle, and high school. I graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, in 2007 with a degree in Elementary Education. Go Mountaineers! My husband and I stay busy with our two sons, dog and 4 chickens. In my free time I enjoy reading, gardening, eating delicious food, and being outside. I am very excited about the upcoming year!  By the end of the year, your child will be a sensational scientist, an awesome author, a marvelous mathematician, a social studies superstar, a radical reader, and so much more. I am looking forward to working together to have a successful year.

Ms. Marty Leon

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Ms. Marty Leon

I have enjoyed working with kindergarten children for the past 5 years. Some children are attending school for the very first time. They are loving and so eager to learn AND to share their knowledge with us. At this age, we as teachers are laying the foundation for their education. I like knowing that I make a difference in a child's life.

I love working at J.Y. Joyner and being a part of the JYJ extended family. There is great support between the students, parents, teachers and administration. We are Joyner strong!

Both my children attended Joyner from kindergarten through 5th grade. At that time I was involved in the PTA as a parent, and I was a substitute teacher here. My positive experience at Joyner as a parent and unofficial staff member was the reason I asked to become a permanent staff member. I was not ready to leave HOME.