Isabella Barton | Editor
Teacher Appreciation week is dedicated to celebrating all the things our teachers do. They work with us when we are getting overwhelmed, always there to educate and support our growth into an adult.
Friends who know Mrs. Wray personally say that she is a teacher worth appreciating. In conversations I’ve had with Wray, I’ve seen her be more than understanding. She is willing to work with students who may not deserve her kindness simply because they took advantage of her. I’ve also seen how passionate she is about her students and her job. It’s very rare to see real passion in somebody’s eyes, and I’ve never seen anyone with such a drive to educate and help high school adolescents and people in general.
“I love seeing who [students] are at the beginning of the year and watch how they progress over the year,” said Wray. She has been teaching for 17 years, and currently teaches Bible Lit and Yoga here at La Cueva.
She wants students “to become good, really good, readers and writers, because that’s the content.” More than this, her favorite part of teaching is watching students figure out who they are, what they want for their lives, and then start to plan and prepare for life outside of high school. “But more than that I want them to have confidence in who they are and know that they can go out and make a difference and that they’re already equipped with certain skills and passions that are going to help them in life.”
Mrs.Wray is a model for kindness and passion. “I want them to know that I support them.”