Lolisa Joyner

photo of Michael Barker Assistant Principal, Jenkins High School
Class of 2004
Master of Education, Middle School Education

Lolisa Joyner is a native Savannahian who attended Savannah public schools. A 1983 Beach High School graduate, lettering in basketball, softball, volleyball, and track, Ms. Joyner also received the City of Savannah’s Emancipation Proclamation Award her senior year for being the most outstanding female athlete with the highest grade point average. She was inducted into Beach High’s Athletic Hall of Fame earlier this year. In 1988, Ms. Joyner graduated Cum Laude from Savannah State University, with her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

Realizing her true calling and her love for children, Ms. Joyner left the field of accounting, enrolled in Armstrong Atlantic State University, and earned her Master’s degree in Middle School Education. A seventh-grade language arts teacher at Tompkins Middle School and then Southwest Middle School, Ms. Joyner served as department chair and was voted Most Caring Teacher and Best Seventh Grade Teacher by the student body. It was as a teacher at SWMS that she was named a WTOC Top Teacher, E93 Most Outstanding Teacher, and 2007 District Teacher of the Year for Savannah-Chatham County School System.

Ms. Joyner served two years as academic coach at her alma mater, Beach High School, and two years as a district professional learning coordinator. While serving in this capacity, she earned her Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and was named assistant principal at Jenkins High School, where she is in her third year of service.

Ms. Joyner and her husband Jerome are the proud parents of three children: Shanitra, 28; Reginald, 22; and Kari, a sophomore education major at Armstrong.