Lenita J. Joe
Lenita J. Joe, a graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans has a degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. She has done further study at Boston University, Jacksonville University, University of South Florida and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). She retired in 2013 after 45 years in the field of education. She spent 13 years in Germany as a part of her husband’s 30 year military career and taught in the cities of West Berlin, Butzbach, Heildelberg, Gelnhausen and Mannheim. She also taught in Kentucky, Virginia and the Florida cities of Tampa, Cocoa, Woodville and Tallahassee. She spent 22 of her 45 years as a classroom teacher and Library Media Specialist at Sealey Elementary in Tallahassee.
Mrs. Joe’s passion is education and is she a strong advocate for the importance of reading in the lives of children. While at Sealey, she initiated the Young Authors’ Program which incorporated the talents of the Tallahassee Writers Association (TWA) and the Tallahassee Authors Network (TAN). She was co-sponsor of an after school program, Future Artists Musicians Actors Club (FAMAC), she and several other teachers developed. Mrs. Joe was one of the originators of and co-host of KIDS Talk, a locally produced television show designed to foster and promote reading. The show was a product of the Leon County Schools and aired on WLCS for 10 years.
Mrs. Joe has been named Teacher of The Year (TOY) on numerous occasions during her career and in 2013; she was one of the five finalists for Leon County TOY. Presently she is a mentor and volunteer with the Leon County Schools, the 100 Black Men of America Tallahassee, Inc. and the Providence Community Center.