Lion Administration

Dr. Strevig
Dr. April Strevig, Principal

Dr. April Strevig earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Elementary Education in 1993 from Wichita State University, in Wichita, Kansas. She then began teaching 5th grade at Tanglewood Elementary in Derby, Kansas. Three years later, in the fall of 1996, she relocated and began teaching 5th grade at Centerville Elementary in Houston County. In 2001, she started her administrative career as the Assistant Principal for Instruction at Pearl Stephens Elementary, and then served as Assistant Principal for Discipline for Perry Primary, Perdue Primary, and Perdue Elementary from 2004-2009. Dr. Strevig became principal of Lake Joy Primary in July of 2009.

Throughout her career, Dr. Strevig has earned a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision in 1998 from Georgia College and State University, a Specialist in Education in Educational Leadership in 2004 from Columbus State University, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership in 2009 from Valdosta State University. During her 28 year career, she has been blessed to share in the lives of many students, to include her two sons who attended Houston County Schools from PK-12th grade.

Dr. Sonya Kiefer
Dr. Sonya Kiefer, Assistant Principal of Instruction

Dr. Kiefer has been honored to serve as Assistant Principal for Instruction at Lake Joy Primary School since December 2015. She was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Kiefer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Our Lady of the Lake University. In 2006, she relocated to Houston County where she began her teaching career at Lake Joy Primary School. In 2010, she graduated with a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Georgia College and State University. Dr. Kiefer continued her graduate studies and earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Mercer University in 2013. She also holds an Educational Leadership Certificate.

Dr. Kiefer has taught grades Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Grade at LJPS. She has also taught early childhood college courses to pre-service teachers at Mercer University. Dr. Kiefer was selected as the Lake Joy Primary School Teacher of the Year and a Top Five Finalist for the Houston County Teacher of the Year for the 2012-2013 school year. Dr. Kiefer is bilingual in English and Spanish. She is married with two children and enjoys spending time with her family. Dr. Kiefer is proud to work with amazing educators and families to support such wonderful students.

Dr. Jeff Washington
Dr. Jeff Washington, Assistant Principal of Discipline
Dr. Jeff Washington earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Fort Valley State University, a Master's degree in School Counseling from Liberty University, and a Doctorate in Teaching Leadership from Walden University.

In his first stint in Houston County, he served at Veterans High School as an Honors Biology and AP Environmental Science Teacher.  At Veterans High, he received the 2013-2014 Veterans High School Teacher of the Year and Houston County Teacher of the Year Top 10 finalist. He also served as a varsity coach for the Veterans High School football team and one of the head track coaches, where he helped coach Region Championship teams in football and track. Dr. Washington moved from the classroom to administration, where he served as the Assistant Principal of Discipline for Veterans High School, where he served for three years.

Dr. Washington has now served Lake Joy Elementary and Primary for the past two years as their Assistant Principal of Discipline. He has been happily married 13 years to Dr. Shambrea Washington, a native of Warner Robins. They are now raising their sons Noah and Reid in Bonaire. He is extremely grateful to continue his career in "Lion Country."