Phone: (256) 837-3735


Degrees and Certifications:

MAEd. Summa Cum Laude, University of North Alabama B.A. Magna Cum Laude, Oklahoma Baptist University Class A certificate: Secondary English Class B certificates: Math, Science, English for English Language Learners, Spanish Texas Standard Teaching Certificates in Science, Secondary English, and ESL Tennessee Practitioner Teacher License in Science, Mathematics, English, and English as a Second Language

Mrs. Joy Orton

Math 6 On Level, Math 6 Accelerated


Mrs. Orton has a Master of Arts in Secondary English Education from the University of North Alabama, and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Oklahoma Baptist University. She holds teaching certificates in Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas. Her teaching fields include math, English language arts, Spanish, science, and English for speakers of other languages. 


Mrs. Orton's professional teaching career began in 1983 when she tutored a third grade student in math as her summer job. Her experience includes teaching English in China as well as teaching middle school and high school in the United States.  Subjects she has taught include mathematics, science, typing, English, German, and Spanish. Mrs. Orton began teaching at Discovery in 2019.


Mrs. Orton speaks Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and German in addition to English. She moved often as a child, since her father was in the United States Army. She lived in Japan, Korea, and Germany in addition to multiple states in the US. Mrs. Orton sees learning new languages as a way to connect with people from a variety of countries and cultures. 

As a college student and young adult, Mrs. Orton lived in China for several years. She then returned to China with her family in 2011 to help start Guizhou Forerunner College. While there, they learned to make "jiaozi" dumplings and traveled to Chengdu to visit the Giant Panda Research Center.

Mrs. Orton is married and has three daughters. Her husband is Spanish teacher at Rainbow Elementary and Madison Elementary. The family enjoys cooking together, playing board games, and traveling.