Executive Director, Learning Technologies, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
Kecia Ray began her career as a middle school science teacher in the Atlanta area before moving to Nashville, Tenn., in 1994 to teach in one of the state’s first 21st Century classrooms, a statewide Title IID program. Ray also participated in the state’s first distance-learning network and served on the iNACOL research committee. Ray later became an assistant professor at Middle Tennessee State University, where her research in assessing technology literacy led to a basic computer-literacy exam. She subsequently designed technology-rich learning spaces for the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, and in 2000 she became the director of technology research in the Office of Science Outreach at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Ray joined the Metropolitan Nashville school district in 2004 as district policy manager. In 2007, she was named assistant superintendent of federal programs and grants and remained in this position until 2010, when she became the district’s first executive director for learning technology. Ray also teaches graduate courses for University of Maryland University College and Bethel University and was recently named to the board of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).