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Dr. Ray Perkins

Dr. Ray Perkins

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Phone: 480-472-3276

Biography

Driven by my desire to see a childhood dream come true, I tackled as many obstacles off the football field as on. I nearly died at childbirth, was born asthmatic, told I would never walk without braces, and  was raised in poverty.  Ultimately, before my journey ever began, I understood the impact my story could have.  I learned not just to survive but to strive. E

 

A native of Richmond, Virginia, I excelled as a student-athlete and earned Blue-Chip honors in football at John Marshall High School.  I signed a letter of intent to play football at the University of Virginia. After earning my Bachelor of Arts and Science degree from UVA, I was blessed to play in the NFL and CFL respectively for the Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Edmonton Eskimos, and Arizona Cardinals.

 

Once I hung up my cleats, I began teaching and coaching at Canyon State Academy (formerly the Arizona Boys’ Ranch) where I worked with troubled and delinquent youth. While there I continued my  graduate studies and graduated  Summa Cum Laude with an M.A. and teacher certification from Ottawa University in 2004. After accepting a position  as vice-principal at Dobson High School in Mesa, I continued my pursuit as a lifelong learner and earned my Ph.D. from Madison University.