Ray taught for 30 years in Boone and Kanawha Counties and is certified in Elementary K-6, Music K-12, Reading K-12, Social Studies 7-9, Middle School Endorsement, and NBPTS certified in Early Adolescent ELA. He worked as an adjunct at Marshall University Graduate College from 1999 to 2012 and at UC from 2011-13. He retired from KCS in 2014 and became a full-time assistant professor at UC. He became Dept. Chair of Education in 2015.
Ray is a life-long musician and has played the guitar since age seven. He and his wife live in Charleston.