Nationally renowned as an educator and expert in the field of education technology, Dr. Ray began her career as a middle school science teacher where she taught in one of the first 21st Century classrooms in the state of Georgia and Tennessee. Her career includes designing technology within the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and directing technology research through Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Science Outreach programs.
After publishing one of the first assessments to measure technology literacy in 1999, Dr. Ray conducted research in the US, Canada and South Africa on the use of technology in the K-12 classroom and the use of distance learning technologies to facilitate engaging learning environments. Dr. Ray is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) where she was Chair of the ISTE Board of Directors from 2012 until January, 2017. She also serves on the board of eLearn Institute and serves on the Davidson County Foster Care Advisory Board. She was appointed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to the Advisory Council on Alternative Education in 2013 and she served on the Board of Directors for the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education from 2007-2012. In 2015, she was invited to serve on a USDOE technical working group focused on evaluating education technology.
Dr. Ray was recognized by the National Association of Professional Women as Woman of the Year in 2010 for the work she led transforming Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools federal program department and she was the recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2012, 2014, 2016. In 2012, the Center for Digital Education named The Learning Technology Department at Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools as one of its Top 30 Innovators in Education. She was awarded the ISTE lifetime achievement 'Making IT Happen' Award in 2013 and in 2014 Dr. Ray was named a '20 to Watch' honoree by the National School Board Association. Prior to joining e.Republic, Dr. Ray worked for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools overseeing the design, implementation, and evaluation of instructional technology programs including instructional design for online and blended learning environments and library services. The blended learning success at the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools was included in the research of the Clayton Christensen Institute.