Dr. Sonya Kiefer was named the principal of Lake Joy Primary School during the Houston County Board of Education meeting held March 8, 2022. She began her new role as principal in June 2022.
Dr. Kiefer served 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.