Meet the Teacher
Hi! My name is Justin Ray, and I teach Honors English 9, AP English Language, and Yearbook. I also serve as the co-sponsor of the Ambassador Team.
I grew up in Northport, attended Tuscaloosa County High School, 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; however, Hurricane Katrina blew through town on August 29, 2005, sending Jennifer and I back home to Northport. Through a divine and 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 in 2011.
Jennifer and I have two daughters, Nora and Lila. Nora attends Northside High School, and Lila attends Walker Elementary.
My family couldn't be happier to be a part of the Northside community!
MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
"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've been teaching High School English since 2011, beginning at Hillcrest High School, where I taught AP Language and Pre-AP English 9. In the Fall of 2018, I began my tenure at Northside High School, as an English teacher and sponsor of the Rambler yearbook. I also serve as the Ambassador sponsor, alongside Shea Mills. Each day, I endeavor to 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 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.
Twitter and Instagram: @mrraysclasses
Join our Remind groups by texting the following codes to 81010:
AP Lang- @aplangnhs Honors English 9- nhshon9
AP Classroom- https://myap.collegeboard.org/login
AP YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/advancedplacement