Phone: 320-453-2900 ext 2129
Degrees and Certifications:
My name is Joy Younkin. This is my first year as a Special Education teacher at Eden Valley - Watkins Elementary School in Eden Valley. I grew up in Paynesville, and graduated from Paynesville High School. I got an Associate of Arts degree from Ridgewater College, and transferred to St. Cloud State University to finish a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I taught Kindergarten for a year, in Jacksonville, FL. I came back to Minnesota and substitute taught for a few years, then I went back to St. Cloud State to get my Special Education licensure. I taught elementary Special Education at Red Rock Central Elementary school in Jeffers, MN from 2011 until 2015. While I was there I also took some classes at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall and was able to add a licesensure for Autism Spectrum Disorders to my teaching licensures.
I have always enjoyed working with children. I believe that all students learn at different rates in have different learning styles. Working in Special Education I get to help many different children figure out what learning style works best for them. Seeing students learn and grow is one of the things I most enjoy about teaching.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and I like to read. In the summer I enjoy camping and spending time by the lake.