Making a difference for public education: Joy Gray
Retired school teacher Joy Gray wants to make a difference for public education.
She’s running for the state’s 7th House District encompassing all of Union County and parts of Daviess and Henderson counties.
A native Kentuckian, Gray graduated from Brescia University and completed her master’s degree at Western Kentucky University. She worked as a teacher for the Daviess County Public Schools for many years. She remains active in NEA/KEA/ and DCEA the professional organization for teachers.
“There’s been an attack on public education and attacks on our pension system,” Gray said. “It’s amazing to me that they (the current Republican legislators) don’t care about people. Caring for people is ingrained in me. And education is the way for kids to have a better life. I want to make sure that the state takes care of the middle class and the poor.”
Both Republicans and Democrats support Gray and she can cross the aisle to bring compromise to legislation. The United Mine Workers, Better Schools Kentucky and Plumbers and Pipefitters #633 have endorsed her. Once elected, Gray will vote to repeal right-to-work legislation and reinstate the prevailing wage — two laws passed by the Republican majority in Frankfort within the first week of the 2017 session.
Just like her advocacy for so many working-class Kentuckians, her membership in teachers’ organizations is important to her.
“Every decision that is made about public schools is made by someone who is elected or appointed by an elected official,” Gray said. “That’s my inspiration for running — to make a difference for education in Kentucky.”
Gray has two children, Paul(Ashley) and Sarah Lee(Chris). She is a grandmother of four. She continues to support education as a priority and promote civic duties to her family and friends.
Gray has served as a past member on the Green River Center Board of Directors, Kentucky Educational Professional Board of Directors, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Kentucky Education Association Board of Directors.