Joyce Pulphus

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2021-2022 Gray Fellow


Joyce Pulphus, a native Chicagoan, has worked for the New York City Department of Education since 2006. She attended the University of Pennsylvania for her undergraduate studies and joined Teach for America (TFA) upon graduation. TFA brought her to New York City, where she began her teaching career as a middle school math teacher in the Bronx. She has earned a Master’s degree from Pace University (NYC Campus) and Teachers College at Columbia University, and an advanced certification from Hunter College School of Education. Joyce is an alumna of the NYC Leadership Academy. Since joining the DOE, Joyce has taught and held leadership positions throughout the Bronx in middle and high schools located in Districts 7, 8, and 9. Joyce is the proud principal of Bronx Design & Construction Academy, a CTE high school in the south Bronx. She is committed to expanding the school to establish a 7th and 8th-grade program for middle school students to learn about and earn CTE credit prior to entering high school. Joyce is also working to solidify a college partnership to enhance the post-secondary collegiate success for Bronx Design students.

Joyce is an avid traveler, music lover, and African diasporic enthusiast.