2023 Women Trailblazer: Dr. Maggie E. Ray
Innovation and trailblazing have been key features of Maggie Ray's career, as she embarks on her sixth year at Bowie High School. Maggie has had the pleasure of instructing junior and senior students in English and AP English classes, while simultaneously serving as a mentor teacher for student teacher interns. She has also served as a Professional Development Lead Teacher, a member of the Equity Team, and a curriculum writer for various English courses in the Prince George’s County Schools.
Dr. Ray believes that one of her primary teaching responsibilities is to provide a safe, enjoyable, and inspiring learning environment for the exceptional young individuals in her classroom, encouraging them to take risks and grow as individuals.
Prior to her tenure at Bowie High School, Maggie taught for a total of eight years at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she also received her MA and PhD. During her time at the University of Maryland, Maggie taught various Composition courses and upper-level courses in the English Department, with a specialization in medieval/Renaissance literature, particularly literature by and about early modern women. She also published articles and a book chapter and played a significant role in developing some of the University's curricula for English 101, the first-year writing course.
Originally from Western Colorado, Maggie currently resides in the Meadowbrook section of Bowie with her husband, a Prince George’s County Public Schools Equity Coach, and their two sons. Dr. Ray’s commitment to innovation and trailblazing in her profession, as well as her love for the Bowie community, ensures that she will continue to contribute to the growth and development of her students for many years to come.
(This biography was provided by the awardee.)
Mayor Pro Tem and District 4 Councilmember Roxy Ndebumadu had this to say about Dr. Maggie Ray:
"Maggie has been a pillar of inspiration and connection for the kids within our community. She pushes them to see things in themselves that others may not be able to immediately see. She is blazing the trail by uplifting future generations and I’m honored to celebrate her.”