Joy Ellsworth

Phone: (520) 696-3822


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's of Fine Arts University of Arizona Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification University of Arizona Reading Recovery Training Early Childhood Endorsement Art Endorsement Gifted Endorsement

Joy Ellsworth

Welcome to Mrs. Ellsworth's website. I am the Art Specialist for Kindergarten through 5th grade at Donaldson Elementary. I have 18 years experience as a classroom teacher in grades K-3. After teaching in the classroom I changed my focus to teaching Gifted Education and Art. 

Defining Moment in Education: When I had children of my own I came to realize just how much I enjoyed watching them learn new things. This sparked my interest in becoming an educator and watching my students learn and grow. 

 Core Educational Beliefs:
- We learn best through active involvement
Mistakes are an opportunity for further learning

- Persistence and determination are important life-long skills
- Every child wants to learn, wants to think, and wants to connect

Prior Experience:
18 years as a classroom teacher, grades K-3rd

- 2 years as a Reading Recovery Teacher

- REACH / Gifted Specialist
- Art Specialist