Mrs. Joy Orton

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

Spanish Survey 1, German Survey 1, Math 7 Honors, Math 6 Honors


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 Spanish, science, math, English language arts, 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.  Her most recent school teaching experience is two years at Shoals Christian School in Florence, Alabama, where she taught sixth and eighth grade science, sixth and seventh grade English, seventh grade math, Algebra IIA, typing, and elementary computers. 


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.

As a college student and young adult, Mrs. Orton lived in China for several years. She 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 a Spanish teacher in the area. Her oldest daughter has graduated from high school and will attend Blue Mountain College in Mississippi. Her middle daughter is an eighth grade student at Discovery Middle School, and her youngest is a fifth grader at Mill Creek. Currently she divides her time between Madison and Florence, Alabama.