Posted Date: 05/04/2017
Marion High School teacher Sean Gray has been selected as the district’s Teacher of the Year.
Gray teaches one unit of math and four computer science classes and was elevated from assistant coach to head coach for the softball team this year.
Life-long Marionite, Gray is a 2005 MHS graduate. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Central Arkansas in 2009 and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University in 2014.
“I always wanted to teach but not pigeon-holed with a teaching degree,” he said.
He began his working life as a supervisor for a hardware distributor in Little Rock and entered the teaching profession at Marion in 2010. Gray earned his teaching credentials through the non-traditional licensure and has been in the classroom since.
Gray began as a math teacher but took on teaching computer science classes in 2015. The courses began with 25 students. Gray expects to be grooming five classes of students for the computer world in the 2017-2018 school year.
“I love working with my students and have a strong passion and excitement for what I do every single day,” he said. “I can't tell you how many days I am genuinely excited to head into the classroom and to softball practice because I have the opportunity to help students get better. I have always loved working with young people and being a role model for them, whether that's helping them make better grades. helping them make better decisions, or just listening to them when they need an ear. I absolutely love what I do and know I have been called to teach and coach.”
To that extent, Gray said he will always be there for his students and attends all kinds of events, whether it is a ball game, concert or other student activities
“It is important for them to see someone out there, to see someone they know cares about them,” Gray said.
Being named MSD Teacher of the Year is “easily the biggest accomplishment to date of anything I’ve done in my career,” Gray said.
He said he will be a teacher for the rest of his life and plans to remain at Marion High School.
“This is where I belong,” he said.
Wife , Katie, is an occupational therapist. They have a two-year-old son, Dane.
--By Mike Douglas