Associate Professor of Education
Director of Teacher Education
on faculty since 2000
An avid reader, Joy Meyer ’78, assistant professor of education, has spearheaded the Young Authors program at Trinity since 1998, which draws participants from Christian elementary schools in the area to share their own work and gain appreciation for reading. After earning a bachelor’s degree in music with a minor in education and theology from the College, she taught sixth grade for 11 years and coordinated a learning resource program for Calvin Christian Elementary School in South Holland, Illinois, before accepting a position as an adjunct professor at the College in 1997.
Meyer pursued her passion for reading and teaching in her graduate work at Chicago State University, where she received a master of arts in diagnosis and remediation of reading disabilities in 1983. Her graduate degree was invaluable during the three months she spent tutoring a student suffering the effects of a traumatic brain injury in 1987.
She joined the full-time faculty in 2000 and began writing curriculum and teaching classes for the adult studies program two years later. Meyer is immersed in the lives of her students in her varied roles as director of teacher education and certification officer; she is also a former education department chair.
She has found her niche at Trinity, which she believes “provides an excellent education from a Christian perspective. I try to impact each student I meet and teach so they are challenged to grow as a professional.
“My main goals are to inspire all students to use best practices in their teaching, to encourage [them] to use their gifts and talents to bring out the best in their own students, and to lead students through the maze of certification details,” said Meyer.
She views the classroom as a place where each student brings his or her own unique experiences to the learning environment, and seeks to help students learn by “challenging assumptions they may have about others, the teaching profession and even about themselves.”
Meyer finds satisfaction in seeing students in clinical practice gain new perspectives and use “differentiated strategies to impact student learning.” She incorporates technology into her teaching, recognizing the extensive applications for learning that technology offers. Her dissertation focused on the impact preservice training had on Trinity alumni and their perceived ability apply and integrate technology standards in their teaching.
A dedicated traveler, Meyer has visited Hong Kong, Germany, France, England, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, and the Netherlands. She also has led groups of students to Spain, Honduras, Belize, and China during Interim. Summertime finds Meyer indulging her favorite pastimes: fishing and floating in the waters of western Michigan.
She and her husband, Gary, live in South Holland, Illinois. They have two sons. Greg, a Trinity grad, is married to Joanna (Dykstra) ’11, and Justin is also a Trinity grad. The family attends Faith Church in Dyer, Indiana.
Ed.D., Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois, 2012
M.A., Chicago State University, Chicago, Illinois, 1983
B.A., Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, Illinois, 1978
Courses and Publications/Research
- Contemporary Issues Seminar
- General Methods
- General Methods for Special Education Teachers
- General Methods in Adult Studies
- Science Methods for grades K-8 in Adult Studies
- Teaching Reading K-8
Papers Published and/or Presented
Dissertation: “The Relationship Between Preservice Technology Training and Perceived Ability to Proficiently Apply and Integrate Technology Standards”
“Shaping Teacher Candidates’ Digital Portfolios: What Administrators Want for Hiring.” Illinois Education Research Council Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium Orland Park, Illinois. With Rick Snoeyink .
“Shaping Teacher Candidates’ Digital Portfolios: What Administrators Want for Hiring.” Journal of Computing in Teacher Education. 23:3 (2007): 81-88.
Awards and Memberships
Professional Society Membership
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
- Illinois Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
- International Society for Technology in Education