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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Consultant
Principal

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Diego, California
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/3/1943
Birth Location:
Portsmouth, Virginia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Consultant
Principal

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Diego, California
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/3/1943
Birth Location:
Portsmouth
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Biography

Educational specialist Joyce Moore Gray was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, in 1943. As a child, Gray played the clarinet and was encouraged by her mother and music instructor to become a teacher. She attended Southwestern Elementary School and graduated from Crestwood High School in 1961. Gray received a scholarship to attend Virginia State University where she graduated with her B.S. degree in music. She went on to earn her M.A. degree in education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

After graduating from college, Gray began her career as a music teacher in Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1981, she moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where for one year she taught instrumental music at West Lake Junior High School, Granite School District. The following year, Gray was appointed to serve as that district’s Multicultural Programs Coordinator. While serving in that capacity, she also filled the position as Assistant Principal at Central Junior High School.

In 1984, Gray broke the color barrier in educational administration by becoming the first African American principal in the State of Utah. She was selected to be the Principal of Arcadia Elementary School in the Granite School District, Taylorsville, Utah. After six years, Gray continued to defy the odds when she was appointed Principal of Granite School District’s Roosevelt Elementary School. During her second year at that school, she was approached by an Assistant Superintendent in Salt Lake City School District and requested to apply to be principal of an intermediate school. In 1992, Gray became Principal of Bryant Intermediate School, Salt Lake City School District, Salt Lake City, Utah. Bryant Intermediate School became one of the nation’s top schools and was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Gray and her school team were invited to the White House to receive this award. During their Washington, D.C. visit, they met President and Mrs. Bill Clinton.

In 1995, Gray’s ambition led her to enroll in a doctorate program in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah. She continued to pursue professional goals and applied for a high school principalship. Another moment in history occurred in 1996 when Gray was selected to be principal of West High School, Salt Lake City School District. Thus, Gray became the first African American high school principal in the State of Utah. Gray’s outstanding leadership skills led her to become Utah Principal of the Year in 1999.

Gray earned her doctorate in education from the University of Utah in 2001. She went on to become Director for Career and Technical Education in Salt Lake City School District for two years prior to her retirement in 2005. Gray is now an Educational Consultant and Founder and President of her own company, Jam G Consulting, Inc.

Gray has earned numerous awards during her professional journey. These include: the NAACP Rosa Parks Award, UASCD Educator of The Year, NCCJ Community Award, YWCA Outstanding Achievement Award in Education and the UWEAA President’s Award. Her work in the Utah community included: Board member of the United Way of the Greater Salt Lake Area; YWCA Board member; Chair, Utah Governor’s Black Advisory Council; Board of Lay Editors for Salt Lake Tribune’s “Common Carrier” column; Minister of Music and Director at New Pilgrim Baptist Church; Youth Director, NPBC; Chartering President for the Utah Alliance of Black School Educators. Gray is also a chartering member of Upsilon Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She currently serves as that chapter’s President.

Gray and her husband, Lloyd, reside in Murray, Utah. They have three children and eight grand children

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Joyce Moore Gray lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Joyce Moore Gray describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Joyce Moore Gray talks about her mother's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Joyce Moore Gray describes her mother's education and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Joyce Moore Gray describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Joyce Moore Gray describes her parents' emphasis on education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Joyce Moore Gray describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Joyce Moore Gray describes her likeness to her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Joyce Moore Gray talks about her father's service in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Joyce Moore Gray describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Joyce Moore Gray remembers segregation in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Joyce Moore Gray describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Joyce Moore Gray describes her family's house in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Joyce Moore Gray remembers her first trip to Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Joyce Moore Gray describes Victory Manor in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Joyce Moore Gray describes her early educational experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Joyce Moore Gray talks about her early interest in music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Joyce Moore Gray lists her elementary and high schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Joyce Moore Gray recalls her activities at Crestwood High School in Chesapeake, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Joyce Moore Gray talks about the segregated school system in Chesapeake, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Joyce Moore Gray narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Joyce Moore Gray remembers the music of her youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Joyce Moore Gray remembers the segregated movie theater in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Joyce Moore Gray describes her early religious experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Joyce Moore Gray remembers her early aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Joyce Moore Gray describes her first year at Virginia State College in Petersburg, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Joyce Moore Gray remembers F. Nathaniel Gatlin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Joyce Moore Gray describes her activities at Virginia State College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Joyce Moore Gray talks about her experiences of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Joyce Moore Gray remembers the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Joyce Moore Gray remembers learning to play brass, string and percussion instruments
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Joyce Moore Gray recalls being hired at Jo Mackey Elementary School in North Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Joyce Moore Gray describes her teaching experiences in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Joyce Moore Gray remembers the music scene in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Joyce Moore Gray describes her experiences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Joyce Moore Gray remembers her courtship with her husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Joyce Moore Gray describes her early teaching career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Joyce Moore Gray recalls her work for the Granite School District
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Joyce Moore Gray describes her early experiences as an elementary school principal
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Joyce Moore Gray describes the challenges she faced at Arcadia Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Joyce Moore Gray narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Joyce Moore Gray recalls becoming the principal of Roosevelt Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Joyce Moore Gray describes her work at Bryant Intermediate School in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Joyce Moore Gray describes the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Joyce Moore Gray recalls becoming the principal of West High School in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Joyce Moore Gray describes her start as the principal of West High School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Joyce Moore Gray remembers developing the I CARE program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Joyce Moore Gray describes the demographics of West High School's student body
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Joyce Moore Gray talks about her Ed.D. degree program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Joyce Moore Gray describes the academic programs at West High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Joyce Moore Gray describes the academic programs at West High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Joyce Moore Gray describes her work as a educational consultant
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Joyce Moore Gray describes her awards and honors
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Joyce Moore Gray talks about her organizational involvement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Joyce Moore Gray describes her involvement with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Joyce Moore Gray talks about diversity in the State of Utah
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Joyce Moore Gray describes her philosophy of education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Joyce Moore Gray describes her concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Joyce Moore Gray reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Joyce Moore Gray reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Joyce Moore Gray talks about her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Joyce Moore Gray describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 13 - Joyce Moore Gray narrates her photographs, pt. 3