"Words are things, and a small drop of ink, / Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces / That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think." - Lord Byron
I am passionate about language-- its uses (and abuses) drive society and subtly shift culture every single day. It is my sincere hope that my students will inherit my love of language and learn how to wield it in an intentional, powerful, and society-benefiting way.
MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
My name is Justin Ray. This year, I am starting my eighth year of teaching high school, all of which, to this point, have been at Hillcrest, where I taught AP Language and Pre-AP English 9. I am thrilled to continue my career at Northside this year, teaching 10th grade English and sponsoring the Rambler yearbook. Each day, I will bring passion and knowledge to my classroom, always putting forth my best effort in my teaching. I expect the same level of effort from my students.
I grew up in Tuscaloosa, attended Tuscaloosa County High, and received my Bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama. After graduating, I married Jennifer Henry, and we moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, so that I could attend seminary. We moved on August 1, 2005; Hurricane Katrina blew through town on August 29, sending Jennifer and I back home to Tuscaloosa. Through a providential series of events, I went back to the University of Montevallo to pursue my Master's Degree in Education and began my teaching career at Hillcrest High School.
Jennifer and I have two daughters, Nora and Lila. Nora attends Northside Middle, and Lila attends Walker Elementary.
My family couldn't be happier to be a part of the Northside community!
Twitter and Instagram: @mrraysclasses
Class Blog: Mr. Ray's Class Blog