Meet the Staff: Joy Poole, Kindergarten Teacher

What words best describe you?
Flexible, helpful, constant learner, care taker, tenacious, loving….
How long have you been at New City School and what did you do before coming here?
I’ve been here since 2002, when my family relocated to St. Louis from Michigan. I have been a teacher for many years, the last half of my career being spent in Kindergarten - my love; prior to that, I taught third grade and first grade.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I live with my son’s dog and am fostering a cat for my future daughter-in-law. I currently live in West County, but would love to relocate closer to NCS and the City - I love its energy and dynamic vibe. I have two children - a daughter who is a CPA and lives in Chicago (which is fun to visit - I always take the train) and my son who lives in the Tower Grove Park area and is getting married in May at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

I love to read, walk, travel, sit in the sand on a warm beach and be with friends and family. I have not travelled outside of the United States, but there are several places still on my bucket list. I have been a cross-stitcher and knitter; still enjoy the knitting when I have time and can put down my current book. Being with people is my passion and I gather energy from them. I guess that makes me an Extrovert. I play the piano and enjoy Broadway musical theater productions. In my parallel life, I would have loved to have been a singer and performer. Don’t put a microphone in my hand! smile

What do you like to do when you're not at New City?
I garden, read, walk, enjoy people and generally connect with others. I am a novice at Yoga, but am excited about going to the classes. 
What did six-year-old Joy want to be when she grew up? 
I was so busy playing with Barbies and dolls, I guess I’m not sure. I do know I always loved school, and could never have imagined life away from those hallways. So, it came naturally when deciding on a vocation.

What is your ideal vacation? 
Warm, sunny, involving water; anything serene, not too busy or challenging.
What is something that most people don't know about you? 
I am hooked on Housewives of Atlanta and Housewives of Beverly Hills. I also played the clarinet and marched in a band in high school, and was a cheerleader as well.
What else do you want people to know?
I love trying new, fine wines, and sometimes think I would enjoy being a landscape architect. I’m so happy to be at NCS, and felt it the moment I walked in the red doors in 2002 - I just knew I wanted this to be my next “home” and “family.” The happiest time for me is when a child reaches graduation, and they come back to the classroom to say good-bye on graduation morning. That is also the saddest time, as I know it will be a very long time before I see them again, and in a whole new light. I know that everything we do at New City School creates a major impact on the world, one child at a time.