Title: Retired Educator and Principal
Company: Jam G Consulting Inc.
Location: Murray, Utah, United States
Dr. Joyce Moore Gray, Owner and President at Jam G Consulting Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in educational administration.
Distinguished for her work in the educational sector for nearly 40 years, Dr. Gray has broken barriers and has been an exceptional leader to schools throughout the states of Utah and Nevada. In pursuit of a career in teaching, Dr. Gray received a Bachelor of Science in music from Virginia State University in 1966 and a Master of Education from the University of Nevada in 1975. She went on to obtain an EdD in 2001 from the University of Utah. Since her retirement in 2005, Dr. Gray has served as the founder, president, and educational consultant of her company, Jam G Consulting, Inc. Looking ahead in her career, Dr. Gray plans to continue consulting, as well as mentoring other fellow educators.
Dr. Gray’s career commenced with the Clark County School District in Las Vegas as a music teacher, and in 1981 she moved to Salt Lake City, where for one year she taught instrumental and vocal music at Granite School District. The following year, she was appointed as the district’s multicultural programs coordinator, as well as assistant principal at Central Junior High School. Continuing to climb the career ladder, in 1984, Dr. Gray notably became the first African American principal in Utah for Arcadia Elementary School. Six years later, she was named principal of Roosevelt Elementary School, later to also become principal of West High School. In 1992, Dr. Gray became principal of Bryant Intermediate School, one of the nation’s top schools, and was invited to the White House to meet President Clinton and to accept the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.
In her illustrious career, Dr. Gray was the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including being named Utah Principal of the Year in 1999. To her credit, she has also accepted the NCCJ Community Award, NAACP Rosa Parks Award, and Utah’s Black Student’s Advisory Committee Award. Named UASCD Educator of the Year, she has also accepted the President’s Award from the Utah Women Educational Administrators Association, the Black History Month Speaker’s Award, the Ogden Community Action Award, and the YWCA Outstanding Achievement Award. With her mission to persevere and never give up, Dr. Gray devotes time to her local community as a board member of the United Way of the Greater Salt Lake Area, YWCA, and Lay Editors for Salt Lake Tribune’s “Common Carrier” column. She also sits as chair of Utah Governor’s Black Advisory Council and is the Minister of Music and Director at New Pilgrim Baptist Church.
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