Welcome to Bess, Joy's page!I am excited to be exploring the world with my 7th grade students! I have spent 20 years teaching social studies in Columbia Public Schools and this school year marks my 5th year at Gentry. I serve as the Gentry social studies department chair as well as the 7th grade volleyball coach. The quote I try to live by is also the motto of my class: "Be the change you wish to see in the world".I hold a Bachelor's degree in Education with endorsements in Elementary, Middle School Social Studies & Language Arts, and High School Social Studies. My Master's degree is Mild/Moderate Cross Categorical Special Education.Outside of school, my husband Chris and I spend our time chasing our three children around between soccer, dance, and piano lessons and activities at Blue Ridge Elementary, Gentry, and Rock Bridge High School. Born and raised in Concordia, MO, I am a huge KC Royals and Chiefs fan and once truly thought I would be the first woman, major league baseball player.