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#MissionMotivated – Q&A with Ms. Joan Ezell

Ms. Joan Ezell serves as a Pre-K3 lead teacher in the Early Childhood Program at Regis. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas A&M University and received her Texas Teaching Certification, specializing in Early Childhood Education, from the University of Houston. Ms. Ezell has over 25 years of teaching experience in both public and private schools in the Houston area. She has taught Pre-K3, Pre-K4, Kindergarten, and First Grade. 

In 2010, Ms. Ezell joined the Regis faculty and fell in love with the Sacred Heart mission and the school’s Early Childhood Program. She believes in the wonder of play, the joy of exploration, and meeting each child where they are.

When not at Regis, Ms. Ezell enjoys gardening, trying new restaurants around Houston, walking her dog, Branson, and spending time with family, especially her husband, Scott, and their two sons, Dalton and Everett. 

Q: What is special about working at an all-boys school?

A: Boys are fun. Boys love life, and all their excitement and energy are contagious to everybody. Each day’s a new adventure. And they have a love for learning at this age. They’re so open with their hearts and minds, and it’s fun to see them grow as the year progresses.

Q: What do you love most about Regis?

A: The people. From the parents to my colleagues, they are like a family and are amazing people that inspire me every day. 

Q: What is your favorite place on campus?

A: I would say our Early Childhood hallway in Milestones. Oh, and especially our classrooms, of course. You can hear the laughter and feel the joy in our rooms. It’s full of life.

Q: What is your favorite Regis school event or tradition?

A: It’s Congé! I love how it makes Sacred Heart schools so special and unique. It’s something everyone looks forward to all year long. And I love the big reveal. It’s always so fun and creative. 

Q: What do you admire most about your colleagues?

A: Well, it’s evident they love being here. They love the boys. They have amazing patience and dedication, and you can tell they want to be here. That energy makes it a happy place for everyone.

Q: What is your favorite class or project?

A: Overall, I would say the Letter People. We will have Regis alumni boys in high school and college who remember these characters with fond memories. They play a role in our lives all year long, and it’s fun to learn about each Letter Person. The boys just love it, and it sets the tone for the rest of the week’s adventures and activities. 

Q: If you could take your students on a field trip anywhere, where would you take them?

A: Well, with their love of dinosaurs, we would have to go to prehistoric times with the caveat that there is a safe bubble for us not to be eaten. 

Q: What have you learned from your students?

A: I would say to enjoy the small things. Just enjoy being in the moment. 

Q: What was the best advice you ever received?

A: I was once told that you will only regret the things you don’t do. Usually, you don’t regret things you did do. Just be brave and be bold. Do as many things as you can!

Q: What is your “trapped on a desert island” book or movie?

A: I love rom-com movies! So, I would say any of the Father of the Bride films. They are just so funny and timeless. 

Q: What was the first concert you attended?

A: Huey Lewis and the News at AstroWorld in the ’80s. 

Q: What is your favorite Houston restaurant? 

A: I would say Brennan’s of Houston. I love their shrimp and grits, and the bananas foster for dessert.