Save the date for the
2020 Annual Luncheon!
Thursday, February 27th, 2020
Featuring Jessica Lahey, author of The Gift of Failure:
How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed
Jessica Lahey | Educator * Speaker * Best-selling Author
Is failure a lost cause? Educator and New York Times best-selling author Jessica Lahey believes that it can be a gift. Experiencing failure is an integral part of becoming successful, resilient and self-reliant adults. Her book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, has become essential reading for parents, educators and coaches and declared a “must-read” by magazines as varied as Working Mother, Fortune and Education Week. Jessica is internationally recognized as an expert and thought leader on how parenting styles affect children’s motivation, learning and resilience. She is a writer for The Atlantic and The Washington Post, commentator for Vermont Public Radio and author of the popular New York Times “The Parent Teacher Conference” column that ran for three years. Jessica is also a member of the Amazon Studios Thought Leader Board and wrote the educational curriculum for Amazon Kids’ The Stinky and Dirty Show, She earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts and a J.D. with a concentration in juvenile and education law from the University of North Carolina School of Law.
Click below to hear personal stories and view pictures from the 2019 Annual Luncheon event. Thank you to all who attended.
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.
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.
Special thanks to our underwriters for their generous support!
Marie & Bill Wise
Limor & Stuart Smith
Genna & Jon Evans
PF Houston ~ Guest Speaker Sponsor
Authentic Agility Games, LLC ~ Video Sponsor
C N and Maria Papadopoulos Charitable Foundation
Lucy & Fowler Carter
Emily & Holcombe Crosswell
Suzanne L. Kupiec & James C. Dyer IV ~ Educator Seminar Sponsor
Friends of The Joy School
Faith & Joe Gutierrez
Christy & Webb Jennings ~ Invitation Sponsor
John S. Moody
Mary Elizabeth Wise Sand
Ann & Donald Short
Michelle & Alan Smith
Vinson & Elkins LLP / Lisa & David Stone
Tiffany & Craig Utterson
Jeanie Kilroy Wilson
Kyle Kirksey/Linda King Allison ~ Luncheon Seminar Sponsor
Annunciation Orthodox School
Val & Martial Burguieres
Lisa & Mark Livingston
Laura & Jimmy Shuford
Leslie Newcomer / Phyllis Selber / Sandy Sturm
Kathleen & Pat Wood
Annunciation Orthodox School Moms
Sheryl & Robert Burleson ~ Joy School Student Greeter Table Sponsor
Veronica & Mike Curran
Friends of Genna & Tiffany
Eleanor & Dan Gilbane
Trish & Andrew Hayes ~ Decoration Sponsor
Carrie & Jacques Hodges
Jessica Meyer / Heather Hoeffner & Friends
Kate Lilly’s Kindergarten Parents
Janell Reniers / Shelly Katz
Alice & Keith Mosing
Isla Reckling ~ Alumni Table Sponsor
Abby & Charlie Shears
Linda & Bob Walker / Friends of Lisa Stone
Stephanie & Scott Sanders / Courtney & Kyle Zenner