Kathy Ray

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! I start every year with a theme and this year I wanted to include students in my "Ignite Your Superpower" theme so we will start the very first day with a superhero spirit day. After last year starting in remote learning and school closure, I will never take the excitement of seeing kids on the first day of school for granted ever again!  I feel very fortunate to serve this community, be a part of the Porter Pride Family and I believe there is no better place to learn than our school.  

Let me tell you a little about myself.  I am a native of Arizona, growing up in the Old Pueblo of Tucson.  My husband and I have been married for 34 years.  We are both adopted, and we were both born in the same hospital.  We have two children who were both born in Mesa and raised in Mesa Public Schools, a son who served in the Army and a daughter who recently graduated from Arizona State University.  This September, I am looking forward to becoming a grandma for the first time and I cannot wait!

As for my professional background, I hold a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona. I hold two Masters’ degrees - the first in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from Northern Arizona University; the second, in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University.  Yes, I am a Wildcat, Lumberjack, and a Sun Devil!

My vision for your child is that they enter adulthood as prepared problem solvers who will continually improve the world around them.  With creative learning opportunities at Porter and your parental involvement, we will work together to ensure your child reaches their potential.  Our school vision is that academic excellence is expected, possible and attainable by being respectful, responsible and safe. I promise to do my very best to ensure your child meets all of the skills and attitudes of the MPS Portrait of a Graduate when they leave Porter for junior high. 

I have the goal of being in your child's classroom on a regular basis and would appreciate your support by setting appointments to meet with me in advance.  I am more than happy to meet with parents before school or after school, but as much as possible, during school is reserved for increasing the learning taking place in all rooms around campus so that every child is successful. 

My direct line to reach me by phone is 472-6676 or by email is keray@mpsaz.org.  Please contact me to celebrate any success stories your child has had or any concerns you have about their welfare.

Warm regards,


Kathy Ray
Porter Elementary School Principal







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I like to tell students to be kind to others and make their brains hurt!