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    Dr. James Gray


    Dr. James Gray is a professional educator and advocate for educational equity. Unanimously appointed as Superintendent of Jefferson Parish Schools in July 2020, Dr. Gray has been a servant leader for more than 25 years in the roles of classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal and district administrator.

    Dr. Gray joined Jefferson Parish Schools in March 2018 as Chief of Schools, where he implemented a plan to deliver rich learning opportunities for students, built capacity in teachers and developed school leaders. Under Dr. Gray’s leadership in the Teaching and Learning unit, JP Schools adopted a district-wide high-quality curriculum, created the structure of a Transformation Network to provide extra support and resources to high-need schools, and implemented a framework, the Three Big Rocks, to drive instructional practices in all schools across the district. These efforts, along with support from the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, resulted in Jefferson Parish attaining increases in student performance for the first time in three years.

    Under the visionary leadership of Dr. Gray, JP Schools made history as the largest district in the state of Louisiana to safely reopen schools during a global pandemic. Dr. Gray led the efforts to ensure students were able to receive quality instruction for in-person learning while giving families the choice of synchronous virtual learning. Additionally, Dr. Gray and his team worked to close the digital divide by providing one-to-one technology and internet access for all students. Dr. Gray also ensured students and employees received an extra layer of safety to learn and teach during these unprecedented times by facilitating the launch of the Ochsner Rapid Testing program.

    Dr. Gray earned his Bachelors of Science Degree from Grambling State University, a Masters of Education from Nicholls State University, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has served on numerous state committees and frequently presents at local, regional and national conferences focusing on effective leadership through cultures of learning and support systems for effective instructional practices. Because he believes in serving others, Dr. Gray co-developed and trained educators across the state on the use of the Compass Leader Rubric, a tool designed to evaluate Louisiana’s school administrators.

    Dr. Gray is married to Ashlie Gray, a professional school counselor. They reside in Jefferson Parish, and together, they are the proud parents of three children: twins Jordan and Jalen and a daughter, Briahni.

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