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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.

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.... 46 countries. This summer I traveled throughout the Balkans.  The majority of vacation was in Albania, but I also visited North Macedonia, Kosovo, and Montenegro.  They were beautiful!  Although, Albania could use some new roads.

I am very much looking forward to my fifth year at FHS.  The first four have been excellent.  This is a wonderful school and community.  Let's have a great year, and GO Falcons!

Puffins on Grimsey Island, Iceland