Beginning the road to her distinguished career in education as a teacher, supervisor, and administrator, Joyce Charlene Atwood attended Ohio State University, where she expanded and cemented her love for academia. She earned a Bachelor of Science in education and a Master of Education from the school in 1965 and 1969, respectively, and completed postgraduate studies there from 1976 to 1988. She added more postgraduate work to her credentials at Ashland University from 1992 to 2013.
Now thriving as she lives out her dreams, Ms. Atwood has been director of resource development and the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction at Ohio University in Athens since 2008. She previously garnered experience at the Chillicothe City School District between 1965 and 2008, holding titles such as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, administrative assistant, assistant principal at the middle school, teaching leader in reading recovery, early education reading teacher, and elementary school teacher. Additionally, she was a consultant in study skills for management in industry at the Pickaway-Ross Joint Vocational School, and a member of the Child Care Advisory Board in Portsmouth, Ohio.
As a civic-minded person, Ms. Atwood enjoys contributing her services to her community. She was secretary to the vice president of Big Brothers and Sisters in Ross County, Ohio, a Philanthropic Educational Organization member of the Walnut St. Church Parish in Chillicothe, Ohio, and coordinator of the Area Artist Series in Ross County, Ohio, as well as education chairman of Ross County Area Labor Management, member of the board of directors of Interagy, member of Altrusa, and president of the board of the local YMCA.
Keeping abreast of the developments in education, Ms. Atwood has held memberships in various associations and institutions over the years. Some of these include the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the International Reading Association, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, the Ohio Association for Curriculum Development, the American Association of University Women, and the Association of Business and Professional Women. She is also a member of Phi Delta Kappa, Alpha Delta Kappa, and Delta Kappa Gamma.
In light of her outstanding contributions to her field, Ms. Atwood received many accolades. She was a proud recipient of the Educator Emeritus Award, the Altrusa Maime L. Boss Award, the North Central Accreditation Award, and the George Washington University Partnership Award. She was also honored with the Ohio Creative Staff Development Award and the Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce Award, as well as with induction into the Ross County Women's Hall of Fame and recognition as a Red Cross Hero. Further, Ms. Atwood was named Citizen of Year by the Junior Chamber International, Inc. She is a Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achiever, and has been featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.
Since she retired, Ms. Atwood prefers spending her time reading and gardening.