Emily Ray is an early childhood educator with a deep passion for literacy and equality in education. She graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Psychology and Education. Having spent the past seven years teaching first grade, she has devoted much of her time researching best practices that are rooted in the Science of Reading. Emily was granted a unique opportunity to serve as a lead member of the Massachusetts Early Grades Literacy Grant where she learned from many renowned educators from all over the country regarding how our brains learn to read and the activities that promote proficient reading skills. She has participated in over 45 hours of Orton-Gillingham training and is working toward achieving Orton-Gillingham certification.
She firmly believes that ALL students have the ability to learn and in the guiding notion of putting “relationships first, everything else second.” She prides herself on her ability to create strong connections with all of her students so that they feel fully supported and willing to participate in the learning process. She works to promote a growth mindset in all students and helps them to believe in their own abilities. Emily strives to create a nurturing environment where mistakes are celebrated and learning is FUN!
Outside of teaching, Emily is a new mom to baby Charlee and a “fur mom” to her goldendoodle, Maizee. She enjoys spending time with her family, crafting and of course reading!