Thanks for another wonderful Annual Luncheon!

See you in February 2019

Thanks to our speaker, volunteers and of course our generous sponsors.
Check out event photos and more below!

Featuring Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D.

Improve the Odds with More Effective Parenting

Co-Chairs: Christy & Webb Jennings and Kathleen & Pat Wood

We also honored Kimberly Sterling
Inaugural Difference Maker Award Recipient

DrSax Physician * Psychologist * Author

Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D., has visited more than 380 schools and has been meeting with parents’ groups since 2001. He is a renowned speaker on the issues of child development, and has given speeches in the United States, Australia, Bermuda, Canada, England, Germany and more.

Dr. Sax is the author of four books, "Why Gender Matters," "Boys Adrift," "Girls on the Edge" and New York Times best-seller, "The Collapse of Parenting."

Media Appearances
He has appeared on "The Today Show," CNN, NPR, PBS, Fox News, Fox Business, the BBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, New Zealand Television and many other media.

Dr. Sax, who attended public schools in Ohio, earned his undergraduate degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa at the age of 19. He earned both his Ph.D. in Psychology and M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives with his wife and daughter in Pennsylvania.

About the Luncheon

The Joy School Annual Luncheon is a highly anticipated event in the Houston community. The event features distinguished guest speakers who address current topics of interest to both educational professionals and the Houston community at large. Following the Luncheon, the speaker conducts an interactive seminar.

Proceeds from the Luncheon are primarily allocated to The Student Financial Aid Fund, which supports children who would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend The Joy School. Additionally, funds generated from the Luncheon are combined with Annual Fund gifts to help meet the operating needs of the School.

Corporate & Individual Underwriting

About the Educator Seminar

We believe helping other educators in the community work effectively with children with learning differences is crucial. The Joy School holds an Educator Seminar in conjunction with The Annual Luncheon, in which the Luncheon guest speaker spends an evening addressing professional educators such as teachers, school administrators, diagnosticians and speech pathologists.

This seminar is generously underwritten and offered to all education professionals in the Houston area at no cost as part of our ongoing community outreach program. Teachers also earn TEA credits by attending the seminar.

2018 Underwriters

Special thanks to our underwriters for their generous support!

Support the Luncheon

Underwriter Benefits


Limor & Stuart Smith


Carol & Dick Curran ~ Cockrell Family Fund

Weldon Granger Family

Christy & Webb Jennings ~ Cockrell Family Fund

Melanie & Scott Rothwell

Kimberly & David Sterling

Sterling  & Associates Logo

Kathleen & Pat Wood


C N and Maria Papadopoulos Charitable Foundation

Genna & Jon Evans

Pamela Floyd

James C. Dyer IV and Suzanne L. Kupiec ~ Educator Seminar Sponsor

Patti Melcher

John S. Moody

Michelle & Alan Smith

Sun Coast Resources Logo

Mrs. Raye G. White

Jeanie Kilroy Wilson


Kyle Kirksey/Linda King Allison

Heather Hoeffner

Lodge Lumber Logo


Mary & George Aldrich

Annunciation Orthodox School

Sheryl & Robert Burleson

Lucy & Fowler Carter

Trish & Andrew Hayes

Friend of The Joy School ~ Alumni Student Table

Stacey & Mark Martin

Lindsey & Scott McReaken

Salt Investment Partners Logo

Abby & Charles Shears

Aimee & Wynne Snoots

Catherine Lappe & Martin Stupel

Leslie Newcomer/Phyllis Selber/Sandy Sturm

TJS Alumni Students

Vensin & Elkins Logo

Emily Crosswell/Linda Denison/Pat Greenwood/Marilyn Ligon/Linda Walker

Browder/Lawson/Mahoney/Murray/Raizen/Saxon/Shirey/White Families

2018 Annual Luncheon Photos & Videos

Check out personal stories from members of The Joy School community below. Click here to see all the photos from the event!

TJS Dads & Co-Chairs

Alumni Parent & Difference Maker Award Recipient

Alumni Speaker

TJS Family Video