Title: Teacher, Athletic Director
Company: Sycamore Junior High School
Location: Mason, Ohio, United States
Jim DeJoy, Teacher and Athletic Director at Sycamore Junior High School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physical education.
Hailing from a family of teachers, Mr. DeJoy knew that he also wanted to be a teacher. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in physical education for grades kindergarten through eight from Ohio University in 1989. That same year, he joined Sycamore Schools where he worked as an elementary school physical education teacher until 1991, at which time he transitioned to a junior high physical education role. Mr. DeJoy served in this role until 2015 and currently serves as the Athletic Director at Sycamore Junior High School. Though Mr. DeJoy hopes to retire within the next five years, he would like to be able to maintain a position within Sycamore Schools.
Mr. DeJoy enjoys children and loves teaching and mentoring them as well as learning from them. He finds teaching to be a highly rewarding profession and thinks of teaching not as work but instead as something he enjoys. Due to his excellence as an educator, he was lauded with an Educator of the Year Award from the Blue Ash Montgomery Rotary Club 2016 and maintains membership with the Ohio Alliance for Health, the Physical Education Recreation and Dance Association for Ohio State, the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, as well as the National Athletic Director’s Association.
Mr. DeJoy would also like to do more volunteering and help those that are in need, just as he does as the coordinator of The Sandwich Project. Together with student volunteers, each week he donated supplies to make roughly 250 sandwiches that they take to a drop-in center in downtown Cincinnati. Additionally, Mr. DeJoy sometimes takes students to the drop-in center to serve dinner to the hungry. He is grateful for his career in education and enjoys meeting like-minded people in the field of education.
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