Mary Ann Joyce, CAS

After thirty years in New York State public school education, first as an elementary school teacher, then as a reading teacher K-8 and summer school 9-12 English teacher, followed by two years as an assistant principal  in a K-8 school, thirteen years as principal of a K-6 elementary magnet school, and four years as the Executive Director for Curriculum and Instruction in the same large urban/suburban school district, Mary Ann retired and moved to New Jersey to help her daughter. The opportunity to first supervise student teachers and then to teach prospective teachers full time presented itself.  As a member of the School of Education, Mary Ann teaches undergraduate students.

In her public-school years, Mary Ann did extensive work with the Effective Schools movement, and as the principal of a K-6 magnet school for the gifted and talented (all students are gifted and talented and it is up to the school to find and develop their talents).  Mary Ann led the school to receive the New York State and United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award, first in l989-1990 and again in 1993-1994.  In addition, in the 1989-1990 competition, the School was also named as having one of the ten best arts programs in the United States.  In 1998, she became the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the District.

Mary Ann has won numerous awards for her work as a principal, wrote several articles, and presented at numerous International Magnet School conferences.  As the Executive Director, she supervised all District principals and subject area supervisors, and co-facilitated with the Deputy Superintendent the District’s curriculum alignment initiatives.

At Felician, she has coordinated the on-campus Bachelor for Working Adult and the Teacher Education Certificate programs, and has been a member of the Curriculum Committee, the General Education Curricular Commons Committee, the Honors Council and the Student Affairs Committee.  She is presently the Chairperson of the Curriculum Committee and a faculty senator.

Field(s) of Interest/Expertise

I have worked in the education field for over forty years and am passionate about quality teaching and our need to provide a quality education for each and every child.  My background in curriculum and instruction, reading, effective schools, magnet schools, and administration prepared me well; and I feel blessed to work with traditional undergraduates and the adult populations we serve.

Licenses Held (all New York State)

Nursery – Grade 6 (permanent)
Reading Teacher – Grades K-12 (permanent)
School District Administrator (permanent)
School Administrator/Supervisor (permanent)

Awards and Honors

Kappa Delta Pi – International Honor Society in Education – Inducted in 2012
Delta Kappa Gamma – Honor Society for Women Educators – Inducted in 1992
Principal of Horizons-on-the-Hudson Magnet School – responsible for the school’s application and subsequent recognition by U.S.DOE as a “Blue Ribbon” School of Excellence 1990 & 1994
Principal of Horizons-on-the-Hudson Magnet School – National Endowment of the Arts 1990
Excellence in Administration Award – Mid-Hudson School Study Council – 1990
Elementary Schools of Excellence Award – School Administrator’s Assn. of NY – 1990 & 1994
Natl. Assn. of Elementary School Principals – Excellence in Education – 1990 & 1994
Natl. School Safety Center’s “Principals of Leadership” Award for Outstanding Leadership,
Achievements, and Contributions Toward Making the Education of our Nation’s Youth a
Safe and Productive Experience - 1991

Courses Taught at Felician University

  • FYE 100           Freshman Year Experience
  • EDU 101          Trends and Issues
  • EDU 302          Curriculum Integration and Thematic Teaching – Social Studies
  • EDU 303          Reading and Language Arts
  • EDU 304          Inquiry Based Learning
  • EDU 306          Reading in the Content Areas
  • EDU 312          Thematic Curriculum Integration ELA and Content Areas K-12
  • EDU 314          Inquiry Based Learning for Content Methods K-12
  • EDU 403          Clinical Internship Seminar
  • EDU 404          Clinical Internship (student teaching)


Back to Basics and the Need for Reading Instruction in Grades 7 and 8
Mid-Hudson School Study Council CHANNEL
Excellence with Equity: The Impossible Dream
The Magic of the Arts in Elementary Education
National Association for Elementary Principals annual conference – 1991
International Magnet Schools Conferences – 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
Office Location:
Sammartino Hall 5
Contact Phone:
(201) 559-3522


CAS (Certificate of Advanced Study) in Administration & Supervision 1983; State University College – New Paltz, NY
MS in Elementary Education, Specialization in Reading 1975; State University College – New Paltz, NY
BS in Elementary Education/Social Sciences 1972; Mt. St. Mary College

Positions Held

Felician College - Assistant Professor 2003-present
Felician College - Supervisor of Student Teachers 2003-present
Felician College - Coordinator of Bachelors Program For Working Adults on campus 2009-present
Felician College - Coordinator of TEC (Teacher Education Certificate (TEC) program 2011-present
Newburgh Enlarged City School District - Executive Director (C & I) 1998-2002
Newburgh Enlarged City School District - Principal-Horizons-on-the-Hudson Magnet School 1985-1998
Newburgh Enlarged City School District - Asst. Princ. Temple Hill School 1983-1985
Newburgh Enlarged City School District - Reading Teacher – Grades K-8 1974-1983
Newburgh Enlarged City School District - Grade 3 and 4 Teacher – THS 1972-1974