Mr. Ray Chavez
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Ray Chavez joined the Smith family in 2016. Before that he served as a principal at Carson Junior High and in the Sunnyside and Tucson Unified School Districts. He taught Social Studies for 17 years at the Junior and High School levels where he was awarded several commendations after which he decided to pursue administrative leadership. Mr. Chavez has over 30 years of experience in public school education.
Mr. Chavez was a scholarship track athlete at Northern Arizona but graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors and Master’s degree. Later, he was accepted into the Urban Superintendent Program at Harvard University. He was awarded a second Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he also conducted Doctoral studies.
Mr. Chavez retired from his administrative position but decided after a year off that he could still contribute to the education of young people and so applied for and was hired as a Social Studies teacher at Smith. In his time off he enjoys traveling around Arizona especially to Tucson and to his hometown, Bisbee. His daughter is a Nurse with the Tempe Fire Department. His granddaughter and grand son are a special joy in his life. His son is pursuing a career in entertainment in Hollywood California.