Joyce Chandler

Joyce Chandler

State House - District 105

Joyce is a retired educator with 31 years’ experience as a counselor and teacher.  In 1994, she was named National Secondary Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association and holds a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia School Counselors Association.  She has also received an Outstanding National Student Assistance Professionals Award and a National Public Relations Award along with being recognized as Teacher of the Year.  After retiring from education, Joyce had a small business in which she worked with schools, school systems, and businesses nationally and internationally and presented workshops/ trainings in the areas of improving communication, understanding multiple intelligences, valuing all temperaments/personalities, enhancing team work, developing Student Assistance Programs, creating peer mediation programs/efforts, and enhancing counseling programs.  She also worked as the executive director of a state non-profit organization for 5 years, co-authored a Peer Mediation Manual, and had several articles published in professional journals.  Joyce has a doctor’s degree from the University of Georgia and also holds degrees from Georgia State University, Auburn University, and Samford University.

For 55 years, Joyce has been married to her husband Martin, a retired Naval officer and C.P.A.; they have lived in the Grayson/Lawrenceville area for more than sixteen years.
They have two daughters, Kelle Ray and Lesle Allen, and eight grandchildren.  One of their grandchildren, Avery Ray, is presently a junior in a Gwinnett County School; and two other grandsons are at UGA – Chandler Ray, a junior, and Davis Ray, a freshman. They also have a granddaughter, Jessica Allen, who is a junior at Baylor University and a grandson, Daniel Allen, who is a freshman at the University of Arkansas. Three other grandchildren in Arkansas, Grace Allen, Anna Joy Allen, and Mary Leigh, are homeschooled.

  • Political Party:Republican
  • Career:Retired Professional School Counselor, Teacher, Small Business Owner, and Director of Non-Profit
  • Best known as:Advocate for Education
  • Degrees:Georgia State University - Auburn University - Samford University
  • Doctorate:University of Georgia
Joyce Chandler


AB in Education in English and Social Studies

Samford University

MS in Counseling

Auburn University

Specialist in School Counseling

Georgia State University

Doctorate in Counseling Psychology

University of Georgia

Political Career

Georgia State Representative

State House Rep. - District 105

(2013 - Pres.)

Joyce is the opposite of a career politician. She has dedicated her life to the education of future generations. After she retired from the education sector, she felt called to serve her community as their voice in the Georgia House of Representatives.