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Leadership Team Bios

Joy Smith

Joy Smith is the Principal at Futures Academy. Joy joined CYC in 2009 and helped open Futures Academy in Aurora.  Having taught middle school and high school for 15 years, the chance to create a learning environment for students who need an alternative option for achieving their educational goals, was a dream come true. 

Joy was a teacher at Futures for the first few years of the program and then got her Principal's License at DU in order to take on the role of Principal in 2013. She is inspired on a daily basis by the students at Futures who overcome great barriers in their pursuit to get the GED, go to college, or both. 

Joy has a BA in English Literature and a Masters in Educational Psychology. While teaching, she held licenses in Secondary English, Science, Social Studies, and Special Education and currently holds a Principal's license from the state of Colorado.