MATTHEWS — The Goddard School named Brittany Joyner from The Goddard School of Matthews a regional winner of the 2021 Teacher of the Year Awards. Joyner joins 11 other Goddard teachers nationwide who were selected from a record-breaking number of nominations this year. In addition to being named a Teacher of the Year, Joyner received a $1,000 cash award.

David and Valarie Darmstaedter, co-owners of The Goddard School of Matthews, said they are proud of Joyner’s accomplishment.

“Brittany is cherished by families, school leadership and her fellow teachers for being nurturing, warm and reassuring, which was needed this past year more than ever,” said David Darmstaedter.

According to Michelle Engro, Goddard’s public relations specialist, first-time parents who were nervous about enrolling their infants in school during a pandemic were immediately put at ease upon meeting Joyner. She built a strong foundation with families by asking questions, learning every detail about their babies and providing resources and support to new families. Engro said Joyner is genuine, kind and comforting and makes space in her heart for every baby.

“I’m so appreciative of my colleagues and the school’s families for nominating me for a Teacher of the Year award,” Joyner said. “It is truly a privilege to care for and teach my students alongside my fellow educators each day and I’m honored to be a representative of the Goddard family.”

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