The San Marcos CISD school board approved the hiring of Nicole K. Dray as the District’s Director of Elementary Curriculum & Federal Programs at Monday’s meeting.
Dray brings experience as a teacher, principal, curriculum developer, and administrator.
Dray began her career as the communications manager for an educational materials publishing firm in Dallas, and taught music and art privately. Upon entering public education, Dray taught fourth and sixth grades at Edgewood Elementary School in the Moriarty-Edgewood School District in New Mexico for several years. Beginning in 2009 to this spring, she served as the principal of Edgewood Elementary — a Title I school that was one of only 39 schools in New Mexico to earn an “A” rating on that state’s A-F school grading system. Her school was ranked ninth in the state out of 839 schools.
For the last year, Dray was an adjunct instructor for online undergraduate education coursework with Ashford University.
She earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Minnesota State University and her New Mexico K-8 Teaching Certificate from the College of Santa Fe in Albuquerque.
She continued at the College of Santa Fe where she earned a Master of Arts, Education-Curriculum and Instructional Leadership degree with a thesis on elementary literacy. She earned her Education Administration from the College of Santa Fe/University of New Mexico.