Company: Oakwood Christian Academy
Location: Chickamauga, Georgia, United States
Daniel L. Ray, EdD, Headmaster at Oakwood Christian Academy, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Christian education.
During his formative years, Dr. Ray felt a calling to service, whether it be via the route of education or ministry. From there, he went on to earn an Associate of Arts from Truett McConnell University and a Bachelor of Science in social sciences teacher education from Shorter University in 1996. At the start of his career, Dr. Ray was a student minister at various churches and taught at Ridgeland High School from 2000 to 2010. Matriculating at the Southeastern Theological Seminary, he attained a Master of Arts in Christian school administration and Master of Arts in Christian education, along with a Doctor of Philosophy in education in 2010. Presently in his professional journey, Dr. Ray excels as the 12-year headmaster of Oakwood Christian Academy, as well as an adjunct professor of war and religion at Truett McConnell University since 2020.
Finding great success throughout his career trajectory, Dr. Ray was named Region Seven Quad A High School Coach of the Year in 2004 and was granted the Right Stuff Award from the U.S. Base Academy. With this sentiment, he recalls being nominated by his peers and winning the 2019-2020 National Association of Private and Parochial Schools Administrators’ National Administrator of the Year Award as the highlight of his career. Dr. Ray attributes his success to consistency in all that he says and does, giving a full focus to Christ and letting these things fall into place. A member of the Georgia Association of Christian Schools, he also reflects on his missionary work in Mexico, Germany and Panama as incredibly rewarding. In five years’ time, Dr. Ray aims to get involved in politics in order to give back and serve the community as needed. In addition, he would like to move into an administrative role at a Christian college or university.
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