After spending his entire career in education in the Carroll County Public School Division, Adam Joyce has crossed the county line to begin his new role as principal at Dublin Middle School in Pulaski County.
Joyce, who has been an assistant principal at Carroll County High School the past five years, assumed his new job duties on July 1. A 1986 CCHS graduate, Joyce also spent five years as a teacher in the Carroll County School System. With such strong roots in Carroll, Joyce is sad to leave, but also excited to take a step up in his career.
“The people at Carroll County have been so nice to me. They were the school system that gave me my first shot at a teaching job and also my first shot with an administration job, so there will always be a soft spot in my heart for Carroll County,” Joyce said. “It is my hometown and I will miss the people, but it’s an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. It’s a great school system at Pulaski County and it’s a great school I had heard great things about, so I thought I would love to be a part of the team here. The friends at the high school and the other schools I’ve made, that is the toughest part, but they all understand.”
As principal at Dublin Middle School, Joyce will oversee close to 600 students in grades six through eight. The makeup of the school is almost the same as Carroll County Middle, the school Joyce entered the world of education as a teacher.
It was there Joyce began as a Special Ed English teacher until Easter of his first year in teaching. From there, he was transferred to Woodlawn School as an English teacher to take over for Tammy Delp, who moved to Carroll County Middle to start a new reading program. At the end of that school year, Joyce was moved to a Civics teacher at Woodlawn, which he taught for a little over four years before moving to CCHS as a principal.
“So in about two school months, I bounced around to three different positions, but all those experiences and changes like that in midstream made me a lot more confident to do this job. This is the first time I have switched jobs in July when you are supposed to,” Joyce said. “It has been a complicated road to get here, but I’m glad I took it. Everything happens for a reason and because of all those transitions it made this transition a lot smoother.”
After just three days on the job, Joyce said he was finding the people at Pulaski County to be just as kind and welcoming as the folks he’s known for so long in Carroll. The hardest part will be figuring out who to support when Pulaski and Carroll face off in the athletic arena.
“I am very excited. The folks I have met here so far have been nothing but nice and have bent over backwards to help me,” Joyce said. “But I also want everyone to know how much I appreciate the school board’s support over the years and for helping me in get promoted. I want to personally thank the Carroll County School Board’s leadership and the administration at Carroll County High School for helping me grow and be promoted in this career. It has helped me get to where I am today. It is going to be real tough figuring out which side of the football field to sit on when these two play. I will probably just split my time on each sideline for a half.”
At a recent Carroll County School Board meeting, Kristen Quesenberry and Gene Hawks were hired as two new principals at CCHS to replace the departing Joyce and Bob Martin.