Holly Joyner, Laurel Hall Frederick Principal
Brook Lane’s Laurel Hall Schools, in Hagerstown and Frederick, are both outstanding examples of how Brook Lane accomplishes its mission of helping individuals improve their emotional and behavioral well-being through education and treatment. Laurel Hall School is a special education program, K-12, that provides a learning environment for students with emotional and behavioral challenges. Holly Joyner is the principal of the Laurel Hall School in Frederick. The school, located on Mack Avenue, consists of nine classrooms – two elementary, one middle school, three high school, three life skills classrooms, sensory spaces and a gymnasium. Holly is responsible for the overall function of the school and the supervision of staff members. Last year, Laurel Hall School in Frederick served 60 students.
Holly has an extensive background in working with and educating children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral challenges. While earning her bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology, she was a volunteer with a therapeutic horseback riding program that served students with special needs in Frederick County.
She began her career in education in 2007 as a Behavioral Specialist for Laurel Hall. She went on to earn a master’s degree in special education at Frostburg University and received an APC teaching certificate. As a teacher, she worked with all grade levels and also served as an individualized education program (IEP) coordinator and school testing coordinator for several years before, assuming the role of principal at Laurel Hall School in Frederick in the summer of 2015.
When asked about her work as principal she says, “At Laurel Hall it takes a strong and positive team to support our students’ individual needs. I am truly honored and grateful to work with the talented staff at our school. Being able to witness our students grow and achieve their goals with the support of our staff is truly the best part of the job!”
Laurel Hall in Frederick celebrated end-of-school milestones last year with lots of fanfare. Two students progressed so well that they returned to special education programs in the public schools last fall. One student earned his Certificate of Completion. Current and former staff members who worked with him over the years joined together to honor his accomplishment. “Everyone shared kind thoughts, words of advice and memories. We were all a little teary eyed. I truly enjoy the small size of our school and seeing the strong and successful relationships that form between our staff and our students,” says Holly.
Holly was born and raised in Fairfield, PA where she currently resides with her husband Steve and three children, Carter, Lucas and Madison. She has many pets including two cats, a dog, chickens and a horse. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family hiking, four wheeling, fishing and riding her horse.
Thank you to all Laurel Hall School staff in both Frederick and Hagerstown. The work you do is a prime example of Brook Lane’s mission in motion. Visit the Laurel Hall page for more information on our schools.