Joyce Trottman
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Joyce Trottman

I currently live in Knoxville, Tennessee with my husband Brad. I have been a School Psychologist for several decades and a special/general education teacher prior to that. I have experience in both Elementary and Middle Schools with students in a public school setting. I enjoy cooking but especially enjoy making desserts. I recently started a new hobby painting. I have been married to Brad for 40 years and we have two adult children and one grandson.

I have a passion for helping others, while in the United States, I loved volunteering at church nearly every week, and previously ran to raise support for water in Uganda through World Vision, I also love hiking and much more.

Joyce Trottman

My perspective

I desire to help children see their strengths and even learn that their difficulty can give them a different perspective which makes them uniquely gifted to glorify God—to even see an opportunity rather than an impediment. My conclusions often start from the perspective that we all have something that is difficult and that difficulty can be an opportunity to develop strength and an awareness of how God wants to develop and use each of us.

Hebrews 12:1-3

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders . . . and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith who for the joy set before him enduring the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of God.”

Educationally speaking

God has given me a passion for supporting children with special needs and their families. I enjoy helping to solve the mystery of what is getting in their way to learning, relating to others, or understanding their emotions.

In my years as a special education teacher and then as a school psychologist (about 30 years) I have specially developed knowledge in ADHD, autism, behavior, and learning disabilities. My husband and I are licensed in California to help determine the presence of disabling conditions that may significantly impact a child’s education. My reports are based on eligibility standards and the information needed to guide educational plans in the US.

My job description in Knoxville

I work as a school psychologist for Knoxville County Schools and conduct online assessments for international missionary students.