Ray joined the Ashbrook Center in 2019 as a Teacher Program Manager. Prior to joining Ashbrook, Ray taught at York Preparatory Academy in Rock Hill, SC from its inception; teaching every social studies course offered during his tenure. He started the Advanced Placement program at YPA organized and coached the school’s high school Mock Trial team and coordinated an annual student study trip to Washington, DC with the Close Up Foundation. Ray was named the school’s Teacher of the Year in 2013, the Rock Hill Herald High School Teacher of the Year in 2013 and the James Madison Fellow for South Carolina in 2014. Ray has a B.A. in political science from East Carolina University and a Masters in American History and Government from Ashland University.
Prior to his teaching career, Ray spent over two decades in corporate America, primarily in sales of educational materials.