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Goodman, Joy


Express Yourself with JOY!

Joy Goodman is an enthusiastic and creator educator with 35 years of teaching experience. After participating in an intensive professional public speaking course in 1991, Joy discovered a passion for self-expression that would greatly influence her life's work. She was inspired to apply her newfound speaking skills by creating an original public speaking program at Morningside Elementary School. Joy's program enabled her students to face their fears, decrease shyness, and increase their confidence and self-esteem. The program was an unprecedented success that benefitted more than 1,000 students.

In January 2010, a Morningside parent approached Joy about creating an assertiveness training program for children and young adults. Joy, intrigued with the idea, and recognizing that public speaking and assertiveness are, in many ways extensions of one another, agreed to formulate self-empowerment classes. She now teaches them to students ages 8 and older. She was recently told by a young student how these classes empowered him to address a year-long bullying situation at school. He felt so proud that he had "stood up for himself."

Public speaking and assertiveness are life-changing skills, and through individual and group sessions, Joy receives much satisfaction as she motivates and inspires people of all ages to express themselves more fully, authentically, and powerfully.

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