Joy Gornto

Faculty Bio

This is my 8th year teaching Marketing and leading DECA at Alcoa High School. I graduated Tusculum College with a minor in Marketing and a Bachelors in Organizational Management. After working many years in the business world I realized my true passion was to teach so I then went on to Lincoln Memorial University to earn my Masters and then EdS in Educational Leadership. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Leadership.

In the past 8 years I have taught Marketing I, Marketing II, Sports and Event Planning, Hospitality Management, Hospitality and Tourism, Work Based Learning and Yearbook. Each of these experiences has enriched my teaching and given me the opportunity to teach many different students. I feel that we have a very strong Marketing and DECA program. I am also over the Marsh School Store. The store is a part of our marketing program and I love the fact that students get real world experience working in a retail environment. I have seen many students grow in maturity and responsibility through this experience.

I am married to David Gornto who is a Assistant Principal at Loudon Middle School and we have 2 boys, 2 dogs and a cat! My 20 year old son graduated from Alcoa and I currently have a junior that will graduate from here as well. We live in the Alcoa community so I am not only invested as a teacher but a parent and member of the community as well.

I am proud to be a tornado and look forward to having your student in my class.