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Brittany Ray joined the CCLC in summer 2016 as the Director of the TREE program (Transforming Rural Experience in Education). Brittany was born and raised in Washington County. She graduated from Narraguagus High School in 1989 and attended Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where she majored in English and minored in Education. In 1993 Brittany graduated valedictorian and class marshal of Colby College. After Colby, Brittany was excited to pursue her passion for education, and she returned to Washington County where she began teaching English at Machias Memorial High School. In 1995 Brittany had the opportunity to return to her former high school to teach English, where she remained as a teacher and English Department Chair for 11 years.
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, Brittany Ray 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 help mitigate poverty related barriers for her students. In her time as school counselor, Brittany wrote, obtained, and administered various grants linked to assisting students living in poverty. Her goal of fostering schools and communities which are both poverty and trauma sensitive continues today. In 2015, Brittany was honored along with her colleague Suzen Polk-Hoffses, when they were asked to present their work “Breaking the Barriers of Poverty” at Maine’s first ever ECET-2 Maine Teacher Leadership Summit.
Brittany Ray resides in Milbridge, Maine with her husband, Ron Smith, and their four children - Bayley, Thomas, Jo-Jo, and Ting-Ting.