Finding the Right Place ...Joy Dillow, English
by Kayla Leedy, LCHS sophomore journalism student
Joy DillowThe journey from the big city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, to the small city of Louisa, Kentucky, included many experiences for Joy Dillow, but ended at Lawrence County High School where, today, she teaches sophomore and junior English.
Mrs. Dillow, who graduated from Metro Christian Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma, followed her dream of becoming a teacher by going to Oral Roberts University in her hometown of Tulsa, and Columbus State University in Georgia.
Following her graduation, she had the unusual opportunity of enjoying 15 different jobs, one of which enabled her to travel around the United States as a musical theater performer! But, in 2010, she and her army husband settled with their family in Lawrence County, and she joined the Lawrence County High School staff.
Arriving to school each morning as early as 7:20 and leaving as late as 5:30 in the afternoon, she loves the job, and her 75 students are her favorite part of the position. “I love LCHS and the students here,” smiled Mrs. Dillow. “The teachers and students are great.”
Mrs. Dillow’s advice to students is to value education and the opportunities it brings. She also uses her past experience of having some jobs she liked—and some she didn’t--to encourage them to “…try many different jobs. Learn what you like and learn what your strengths and gifts are. Do something even if it scares you or if it is hard.”
For Mrs. Dillow, following that course of action has placed her right where she wants to be!