Joy Minikwu graduated from Postville High School in 2003. In 2007, she graduated from Upper Iowa University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in reading, language arts and Spanish. Joy received her Master's degree in 2012 in Education with an emphasis in ESL. She has taught in various content areas and grade levels, including: K-5 FLES (Foreign Language in Elementary School), Middle School Spanish, 4th grade, K-6 Intensive Reading, and 6-12 ESL. Currently, she is the 7-12 ESL Instructional Coach and 7-12 ESL teacher. She has two sons, Josiah and Micah.