A Plant City native, Joy worked in the front office at WPLA in 1973, her senior year at Plant City High School. She continued to work at the station during the years she attended college at the University of South Florida in Tampa, graduating in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Vocational Business Education. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
Joy has been with the Hillsborough County School System since 1976 and today (2005) teaches Business Technology Education at Armwood High School. She also serves as the Department Head of the BTE Department at Armwood and is an adjunct teacher for the Florida Virtual School as a Business Tech Ed teacher. The school is an internet-based, fully accredited public school that offers a rigorous online curriculum for middle and high school students.
Among Joy’s many awards are her selection as a finalist for the Hillsborough County Teacher of the Year and Vocational Teacher of the Year. She enjoys all types of music and is also a talented banjo and guitar player, performing often over the school holidays during the summer months.
Since leaving WPLA, Joy has found time to raise a fine family. She and her husband, Bill Lingenfelter, and their two teenage daughters make their home in Plant City.
1973 - 1976 WPLA (Office Staff)