Joyce Gilbert is a professional educator who works with students and educators to lift literacy levels. She has over 20 years of experience teaching and is currently a middle school ELA teacher in Orange County School District in North Carolina. Her work as a teacher and literacy coach has been recognized by the North Carolina Middle School Association and the North Carolina State Board of Education, among others. Joyce is a trained reading specialist, English language arts teacher, literacy coach, and a freelance writer. Some of her publications are with the University of North Carolina’s Tarheel Reader, the XQ Super Schools project, and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Master of Science (MS) focused in Secondary Education and Teaching from State University of New York College at Brockport.