Brittany Ray was born and raised in Washington County. She attended Colby College in Waterville, Maine. After graduation, she returned to Washington County to pursue her passion for education. She spent the next 13 years teaching high school English.
In 2007 Brittany was named Maine Teacher of the Year, becoming the first teacher to represent Washington County in over 25 years. This same year, Brittany transitioned from the classroom to administration when she was hired as the Narraguagus High School Guidance Director/School Counselor. In 2009, she received her Master of Science in School Counseling from Husson University in Bangor, Maine.
Her experiences in the classroom and in school counseling fueled her passion for building relationships and developing strategies to mitigate trauma-related barriers for her students. When Brittany heard about TREE in January of 2016, she knew this initiative could be the key to helping students who experience the most adversity. Six months later she was hired as the TREE Director. Her goal of supporting schools and communities which are poverty, trauma, and equity informed continues today.
Brittany resides in Milbridge, Maine with her husband, Ron Smith. Together they have four children.