Joeleyn Trahan

Joeleyn Trahan standing in front of the frozen waterfall in front of 200 building. This Associate in Science student brings a unique and varied background to her studies and future aspirations as a teacher.

Joeleyn Trahan, Haywood Community College Associate in Science student, wants to continue her education after HCC at a four-year school to become a high school science teacher. She has a unique and varied background which will enable her to bring science alive for students. From being an artist, baker, and chef, to welding, glass blowing, and mom, she plans to encourage students to try new experiments and face challenges head-on.

After being told by a teacher once that glass and metal could not be mixed, Joeleyn has made it a mission to prove him wrong. “I want to find the exact balance between strength and beauty,” she explains. “I have embraced the combination of glass and metal as a metaphor of where I have been and what I hope to become.”

Recently, Joeleyn had three pieces of art work selected for the 2009 H. Martin Lancaster Community College Art Exhibition at the North Carolina Community College System Office in Raleigh.

Before coming to HCC, Joeleyn studied glass and metal art at Southern Illinois University. She has also studied knife making, glass blowing, blacksmithing, and welding. Her teaching experience includes home schooling her 11 year old daughter, and teaching for an after school program, preschools, and art for Boys and Girls Clubs.

She is the overseer of Dandelion Farms, a family business of gardening, baking, and dairy. The Hot Springs resident has participated in many juried and group exhibitions, some of which include the Southern Glass Exhibition, Sims Metal Conference, and the Southern Glass Work Exhibit. She also has completed commission work and work for private collections including the Museum of Glass in Washington, Grace Methodist Church in Carbondale, Illinois, and Tabby Dardeau in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Joeleyn likes the laid back atmosphere at HCC which she says seems like a more personal approach. She is originally from Louisiana but has traveled extensively.

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