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Bachelor of Science Degree in Middle-Grade Education Master's Degree of School Administration Campbell University School of Education Professional Educator Award 2017 Recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan scholarship and fellow. Certificate of Completion of cultural study from Instituto De Cultura Y Lengua Costarricense (ICLC) 2016 Participant of the NC Homework Study 2018-2020

Mr. Justin Josey

I am excited to welcome you to my class! My name is Justin Josey. I am a 7th-grade math teacher here at Highland Middle School. While this is my first year teaching at HMS, it is not my first year teaching. I have taught 7th-grade math for three years at Harnett Central Middle school, and for one of those years, I also taught 7th - grade science. 

I graduated from Campbell University in 2017, where I studied Middle Grades Education with a dual primary focus in Math and Science. While I was there, I was an Algernon-Sydney Sullivan Scholar as well recieving the Campbell School of Education Professional Education Award for 2017. Since my undergraduate degree program, I have also worked for Sylvian learning centers and Harnett County Schools. In addition, I have been a part of the NC and National Homework study and worked with HCMS to establish their Multi-Tiered Structure of Support (MTSS) to be ready to be implemented for the 2020-2021 school year. 

I went back to Campbell University during the Covid Pandemic for my Master’s Degree in School Administration. This knowledge has allowed me to better understand and address my students' unique environment and needs and the laws that govern all decision-making when it comes to the school. 

My philosophy is that math is just another language. No one is truly bad at it; instead, they just need some more practice. Student success is through practice; we will do a lot of word problems and practice problems in class. Students will be challenged. My class is challenging. However, as long as you do the work, you will never fail. 

Along with teaching math, I also enjoy coaching First Lego League Robotics. The Highland Robo-Vikings are an up-and-coming team that next year will be able to beat out our rivals at Harnett Central Middle School, the Robo-Raiders. I was the head coach there for two years before I moved to Highland.

Outside of school, I am happily married. My wife, Kimberly Josey, is also a 7th-grade math teacher at Highland Middle School. We met while in the same Math Class at Campbell University. We have a dog named Homie; is a white-haired Maltese who loves to cuddle and being a "big baby" when he meets new people. My hobby outside of school is traveling. I have been to 4 different countries (5 if you county the British Virgin Isle). I enjoy hiking, listening to music, playing some video games, and spending time with my wife. 

I look forward to getting to meet you this year. We will have a great year.