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Tracy Rayray: General Education

Tracy-Rayray-CPA-winnerTracy Rayray has spent 25 years in education, working with young children as far away as Hawaii and, currently, in Somerset, MA. She has spent many of those years nurturing kindergarten-aged students who fall on the Autism spectrum, and is proud to have consistently practiced inclusion across her range of classroom placements. A dedicated educator who views class members like family, Tracy fosters strong connections with students by acknowledging each child as an individual, meeting them “where they are”. This practice helps to bring out their best selves.

Tracy is described by one parent as “devoted to her family, her students, and her community. She has the ability to make everyone she meets feel special.” In addition to her work with the Somerset Public Schools, Tracy also serves on the board for the AIRETime Foundation, an all-volunteer organization in southern Massachusetts that creates adaptive, inclusive recreation opportunities for youth with varied abilities. As key organizer for her local PACE program, Tracy helped the team with developing topic ideas and resources, and she was responsible for organizing the group’s materials. In addition, she is a Project 351 Educator Advisory Council member and helped lay the groundwork for the approval of a first ever Best Buddies chapter at the Somerset-Berkley Regional High School for the 2017 school year!!!

In Tracy’s view, the classroom is a community, working as a team to support one another while they discover and learn together. She considers it her mission to help each child discover an innate love for learning, and to be the best that they can be.