Kris Woolen

Virtual Program Teacher


“I love the global component of Banyan Global Learning. Banyan has a drive for change in the way they see education and learning as a whole.

Joy was a teaching artist in the NYC public school system for over 10 years with a a program called ENACT, dedicated to social reform through theater. She has also been an adjunct professor at Penn State University, and a private acting coach through her own company ‘THEJOYBETWEENUS‘.

Joy joined Banyan in 2021 to support the fun digital citizenship series, where she developed puppetry skills with Banyan’s resident puppetry expert. She dazzles online learners in live virtual programs in the Los Angeles area. She has taught with the junior high distance learning team in Banyan’s Learning Live program. She has an MFA from Penn State University and a BFA from Howard University.

Joy enjoys cooking plant based foods (through her meal prep service), practicing wellness, feeding the homeless, hiking, time with her family and her beautiful german shepard, Shadow.