Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Meet Joyce Levey - 2011 Karen LaMoreaux Bryan Lifetime Achievement Award

Throughout her career in education, Joyce Levey has always concentrated her leadership efforts on meeting the students’ needs on a daily basis and doing the right thing.

One of her proudest accomplishments with the Tuscaloosa City Schools was to focus on early childhood education. With the support of local government, a successful pre-kindergarten program was implemented within the district for at-risk children. This unprecedented collaborative initiative of city government and public schools was awarded the National Civic Star Award.

Honored both regionally and nationally for her professional achievements, Levey was chosen as a finalist for the National Superintendent of Schools in 2010.

Levey holds a Doctorate of Administration and Education Research and an Educational Leadership Specialist degree, both from The University of Alabama. She holds a Master of Education Leadership degree and Education Specialist degree in biology, a Master of Arts and ­Education in high school biology, and a Bachelor of Science degree, all from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Levey attributes much of the success achieved during her tenure as superintendent of Tuscaloosa City Schools on the establishment of partnerships with business and industry, community service agencies, institutions of higher learning, and city and county government agencies. She says, “A valuable lesson that I have learned through service to the community, which goes hand-in-hand with Girl Scouting, is that partnerships in work, play and life pave the way for greater success and progress.”

Levey will be honored at the West Alabama Women of Distinction Luncheon on April 7. For more information, visit