Phone: 256-430-0001


Degrees and Certifications:

Multiple Professional Development Courses in Career & Technical Education including woodworking, metal working, technology education, inventions and innovation, technological systems, STEM, PLTW Flight & Space and PLTW Green Architecture University of North Alabama, currently completing Master's of Instructional Technology & Design (Dec '22) Florida Atlantic University, B.A. History Master's Credits in various areas i.e. Instructional Design & Technology, Digital Media, Technology in Education, Social Needs of the Gifted, Distance Education, Reading & Linguistics, Holocaust Studies, First & Second Language Acquisition, and others from the following universities: Florida Atlantic University Florida State University University of Central Florida University of Nevada, Las Vegas James Madison University (VA) University of North Alabama Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (VA Tech) Certifications Alabama: Career Technologies, 6-12 Business, 6-12 Social Science, 6-12 Virginia: Gifted Endorsement Technology Education, 6-12 Business Education, 6-12 Social Sciences, 6-12 Florida: Gifted Endorsement Social Sciences, 5-9, 6-12

Mrs. Joy Hearrington


My name is Joy Hearrington and this is my third year at Liberty Middle School. I am enjoying getting to know the students and families of Liberty Middle and this community! Madison City Schools is a great place to be!

This is my 15th year in education and my sixth year teaching Career & Technology Education (CTE). I love helping young people learn about the opportunities available for them to choose for their career path. I've taught Flight & Space, STEM, Digital Publishing Tools, Introduction to Technology, Inventions & Innovations, and Technological Systems, as well as, Technology Foundations (HS) courses. This year, I will also be teaching Green Architecture! I've traveled to 17 countries and 28 states. I've lived in six states and Hungary. Most recently, we moved here from the Shenandoah Valley (Virginia) in January 2020 for my husband's job with the Department of Defense (two months before quarantine!). We have a 12-year-old daughter. I love to learn different languages and, as a family, we love to learn new things, travel, and read.

I am the club sponsor/advisor for the Technology Student Association, TSA, with Mr. Kennedy, as co-sponsor. I support the work of First Priority and FCA clubs as well. 

This year I am teaching Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Green Architecture, Flight & Space, STEM and Digital Publishing Tools. (In Virginia, what Alabama calls STEM is called Technology Education and in both states, the course is a gateway to many engineering classes.) As Technology Student Association at LMS (TSA) advisor, I encourage you to learn more about the opportunity to be a part of this group because in TSA you will learn more about many STEM careers which you may have no idea even exist and you just might like to pursue! As a famous GI once said, "Knowing is half the battle." ;)

STEM is a great introductory course that exposes you to all of the great technological fields: transportation, energy and power, agriculture and biotechnology, manufacturing, architecture and construction, information and communication, and medical technology. I love the variety of this class and the fun, hands-on projects that we do. You students always surprise me with your innovation and creativity!

Last year, I went full circle by teaching Flight & Space as I have always loved aerospace technology (grew up near a city airport), was in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program for three years in high school, and was Female Cadet of the Year in Civil Air Patrol for the State of Florida my senior year. We have a great time in this class making things fly and "blowing" things up!

I am looking forward to teaching Green Architecture, as well, because who doesn't want to design, measure, and build a balsa wood shed?!

Digital Publishing Tools is a great way to hone your touch typing skills and ramp up your Google Docs, Sheets, Forms, and Slides abilities. Get ready to dig deeper and stop hunting and pecking at those keys like a chicken! 

Moms and Dads, we are always looking for guest speakers in any of the fields above, so if you or an adult you know, would be willing to speak with us about a topic, either in person, virtually or recorded, we would love some real world speakers!  You can contact me or have them contact me at or by phone at the school at extension 83112.

Also, I am looking for someone who is well-versed in Autodesk Revit® to help our green architecture class get up to speed.

Thank you so much.

I look forward to a great year with you all!