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Mr. Patrick Tray
I was born in Ottumwa, Iowa in 19-something. I grew up in Iowa, Kansas, and Oklahoma. I graduated high school in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. My undergraduate degree in Business Administration is from Southeastern Oklahoma State University (Go Savages!) in Durant, Oklahoma. After college I lived on the Central Coast of California in San Luis Obispo County for 12 years. In 2001 I moved to Columbia to be closer to family. I am the sixth of seven children, and I was missing everyone while living so far away.
I went into teaching late in life. After moving to Columbia, I enrolled in the SMARRT Program at the University of Missouri. There I received my teaching certificate and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I began my teaching career at Douglass High School, where I taught Math to at-risk students. I later enrolled at William Woods University where I earned a Master's Degree in Secondary Administration. My first administration experience came as the Rock Bridge Summer School principal before becoming the K-12 principal at Prairie Home. I was at Prairie Home for five years before coming to Fayette, and I am VERY excited to be here.
I love travel, photography, riding my bike on the trails in Columbia, reading, gardening, and almost anything outdoors. I've visitied all 50 states and so far.... 42 countries. This summer most of my travel plans were covid canceled. I did get to spend a week in Colorado. I am hoping the world opens back up soon, and that we're safe to freely roam.
I am very much looking forward to my fourth year at FHS. The first three have been excellent. I know it is odd to say when we were closed the last 8 weeks of the year, but our students and staff were amazing during that time. This is a wonderful school and community. Let's have a great year, and GO Falcons!