Joy Ochoa

Phone: 520-696-6682


Degrees and Certifications:

Ed.S. Language, Reading and Culture- Administration M.A. Gifted Education B.A. Elementary Education Principal Certificate K-8 Teaching Certificate Gifted Specialist Endorsement Reading Specialist Endorsement English Lang Arts-Middle Grades Endorsement Structured English Immersion Endorsement Early Childhood Education Endorsement

Joy Ochoa


Welcome to ELA 8. I look forward to meeting you. In the meantime, check out the course syllabus where you'll find links to my YouTube Channel and Google Classroom. My hope is that you grow as a learner, problem solver, and collaborator in 8th grade. Our year will consist of narrative writing via Animal Farm, expository writing via Voices of the Holocaust, argumentative writing via All American Boys, and poetry via Ender's Game or The Hunger Games. ELA 8 is a project-based learning class that incorporates reading, writing, speaking, listening, technology, film, and oral presentation.

Defining Teaching Moments 

Thank you, Mr. Ladd, for Friday Snow Wars and reading Dune to 6th graders.

Thank you, Coach Foach, for teaching disco in PE. 

Thank you, Ms. Schiesel, for demonstrating that people matter more than products.

Thank you, Mr. Goodwin, for showing us the art of storytelling.

Thank you, Mr. Metzer, for proving that girls can do anything.

Thank you, Mr. Johnson, for using humor to teach English.

Thank you, Mr. Leslie, for pushing us in marching band; perfection takes practice.

Core Educational Belief

Relationships. Rigor. Relevance. Resilence.


30 years educating students across Arizona, K-12 Teacher, Assistant Principal, Gifted and Talented Program Facilitator, University Instructor, Instructional Coach, Yearbook Advisor, and Athletic Director.