My name is Joy Badillo and this will be my twelfth year teaching. My first year was at Hydro-Eakly High School, followed by eight years at Clinton Middle School, and now I am starting my third year here at CHS. I grew up in the big, one square mile town of Hammon, Oklahoma where my graduating class consisted of twelve of us! I have two degrees from Southwestern Oklahoma State University: a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Before I began teaching, I was a freelance calligraphic artist for Blunck Studios for many years.
My husband, Tim, works at Badillo's Auto Repair. We have four boys. Coleby is 24 and drives a truck. He graduated from CHS and was a member of the 2012-2013 Clinton Red Tornadoes state championship football team. J is 18 and just became an Eagle Scout. He will be a Freshman at the University of Oklahoma this Fall. He is majoring in Instrumental Music and plans to continue on to law school after that. He will also be marching in the OU Marching Band, playing the baritone. Joel is 12 and is in the 7th grade. He loves all sports with basketball being his favorite, football second favorite, and baseball third favorite. Spencer just turned 8 years old on July 25 and is in second grade. My parents still live in Hammon.
I have a passion for art and a passion for kids. Every day I realize how blessed I am to have the opportunity to teach art to the children of Clinton. I realize that for some students, art is their only method of self-expression. I love the fact that many students who struggle academically in other subjects can soar in art, creating a much-needed feeling of self-confidence and self-worth. For the students who aren’t athletes, art is an even playing field. Art can certainly be therapeutic for many students and teaches students creative thinking skills which are vital in today’s world.
I made a promise when I began teaching that I would never forget it is all about the students. For me, it is a great privilege to get to be a teacher, and I believe that with great privilege comes great responsibility. I try to treat each student the way I would want a teacher to treat one of my own children.
One of my most memorable and humbling experiences was being selected the CMS T.O.Y. I told my co-workers that they made me feel loved and special, and encouraged me to work harder and be a better teacher. It's the same way with our students. When we make them feel like they are valued and appreciated, they work so much harder and learn so much more.
One of the most difficult decisions of my life was when I made the choice to leave teaching high school art at Hydro-Eakly, which I loved dearly, and come to Clinton, where I was unsure of what to expect. My H-E superintendent warned me, "You will either absolutely love it, or you will absolutely hate it." I was terrified, but as it turned out, the former was true. I have been so blessed here in Clinton. The support from our administration, the community, and my wonderful co-workers, has been unbelievable.
There really is not much extra time outside of school for hobbies. However, I love jogging and playing the piano, and try to find time to create my own artwork. But more than anything, I love spending time with my children. I realize they will not always be little and they will not always want to play with me, so I try to enjoy them as much as I can.
Some of my favorite memories involve our art shows, Saturday paint days, receiving the CPSF grant for the new kiln, and when students have been so proud of their artwork that they ask if they can get out their cell phone to take a photograph of it to show to their family and friends.