Joy Valerio-Faessel holds a doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in instructional technology and performance. She holds a Master of Education in career and technical education and a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from the University of West Florida. Joy has been a career and technical education instructor in the Santa Rosa County Florida school district for 9 years at the secondary and post-secondary level. She has taught business education courses which include New Media Technology, Intro to Information Technology, and Web Design. Joy has earned industry certifications in Certified Internet Web (CIW) Professional, Associate Design Specialist, and is a CIW Certified Instructor. Joy and a colleague designed and spearheaded the first in-house district offered distance learning program and online course. She serves on the Santa Rosa district technology committee. In addition, Joy is an adjunct instructor at the University of West Florida Department of Applied Science and Technology/Workforce Education. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate level career and technical courses.