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Kitty L. Hardin-Ray

Title: Retired Teacher
Company: Dorton High School
Location: Smithfield, North Carolina, United States

Kitty L. Hardin-Ray, Retired Teacher at Dorton High School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in public schooling and correctional education.

Ms. Hardin-Ray retired in 1988 after an accomplished career as an educator with Dorton High School for 27 years. During her time at the school, she was proud to have established a homecoming celebration, which the school had never previously held. She additionally worked for three years as a teacher of GED preparation for the Otter Creek Correctional Center. She later found success as an addiction treatment counselor with the North Carolina Correctional Institute. Ms. Hardin-Ray is further proud of her time teaching at a residential treatment center for juvenile delinquent boys. In addition to her primary professional endeavors, she found success as a member of the Kentucky Education Association, the Pike County Education System, and the National Education Association.

In preparation for her career pursuits, Ms. Hardin-Ray pursued a higher education at Morehead State University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education in 1972. She went on to earn a master’s degree in health and physical education from the same institution in 1984. Ms. Hardin-Ray attributes her success to her desire to help people improve themselves through education and prevent criminality. She considers the highlight of her career to be her high success rate with young men in GED preparation, with 95% of men receiving their GEDs. In the future, Ms. Hardin-Ray wants to see her grandchildren thrive and find success.

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