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dTHS Teacher Feature: Joy Coe

Let’s get to know one of our Math teachers, Joy Coe.

Q: Where did you go to school and what degree did you earn?
A: I received a BA in Mathematics at Cal State Fullerton.
Q: Why did you decide to become a teacher? 
A: When I was a student in high school I loved helping my friends and other students with their homework. I began tutoring many students in math. Since math is a challenging subject, it was fun for me to help people through that challenge.
Q: What started your love for math?
A: In 4th grade, my math/science teacher would often tell stories about famous science or math philosophers. One day my teacher was talking about a Pierre de Fermat, a French philosopher trying to prove a theorem that had been unproven for 350 years. I thought it was so neat that there was this big mystery around a math equation. That is what sparked my interest in math. 
Q: What classes do you teach? 
A: I teach…
•    Statistics
•    Geometry
•    Algebra 2
Q: Why did you choose to work at dTHS? 
A: When I came in for an interview at de Toledo, I was immensely impressed by the academic rigor, students, and community. I immediately thought, “Yep, let’s do this.” I am so happy to be working at dTHS. It was a very positive move for me.
Q: What do you love about dTHS?
A: The community, students, and faculty have been great! I love the academic rigor and that I can push my students to do their best. I can see there is a lot of heart at the school — a lot of good people who care and want dTHS to thrive and be successful.
Q: What is your teaching style? 
A: I do my best to try to entertain the students as much as I can while teaching them the lesson. I like to make sure my students are on board and understand the material while enjoying what they are learning.
Q: Do you have a vision for mathematics classes at dTHS? 
A: I am very excited about my vision for Mathematics at dTHS! Next year, I am looking into teaching a brand new AP Statistics class.
Q: What is your favorite activity to do outside of work? 
A: During my free time I love hiking and running. I also have a 2-year-old son. I spend a lot of family time together with my husband and son.
Q: What is your favorite food? 
A: I love ice cream! My go-to flavors are mint chip and chocolate.
Located in the San Fernando Valley portion of the City of Los Angeles in Northern Los Angeles County. de Toledo High School is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and Builders of Jewish Education (BJE,) and financially supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Jim Joseph Foundation.