Ms. Joya Austin



Degrees and Certifications:

Degrees and Certifications Certified to teach Reading K-12 Certified to teach Art K-12 Certified to teach Elem Ed K-6 AA Degree, Peace College Communications, Campbell University Elementary Education, Campbell University

Ms. Joya Austin

My name is Joya Austin and I am excited to be joining the first grade team!

I am a Carolina girl- born and bred. I grew up in nearby Buies Creek and went to college in Raleigh. I graduated with an AA degree from Peace College in 2000. I then moved to Orlando, Florida and participated in the Walt Disney World College Program. I worked in the different parks, mostly Magic Kingdom, while taking Communication classes to apply towards my major. My role was in Entertainment. (You’ll have to ask me... I will not ruin the magic!)

I finished up with a degree at Campbell University in Communications. Then, a friend asked me to volunteer in her 1st grade classroom. By the end of my stay, I knew I wanted to teach. I went back and earned my teaching certification while working as a TA in Harnett County Schools. Currently, I am certified to teach Elem Ed K-6, Art K-12 and I have my Reading certification.

I moved to Johnston County Schools to begin my teaching career. I taught for ten years (First grade and Art) at McGee’s Crossroads Elementary. I was honored to be named First Year Teacher of the Year in 2006.

I am married to Taylor, who loves listening to my school stories! We have a daughter, Emerson, who is almost three. We are expecting another little one this year. We also have a playful puppy named Paisley. Our family moved to Holly Springs in 2015. I worked part-time at Oakview last year with the Kinder, First and Third Graders. I loved meeting the students and working with the teachers. I am THRILLED to be joining Oakview as a full-time staff member this year! It’s going to be nothing short of #OWLsome!