“I believe in providing choices and options to help Alameda students to succeed.”
ABOUT GRAY HARRIS
Gray Harris is an Alameda Unified School District Board Member who has spent the last 16 years advocating for public school children, teachers, parents, working families and her community. Before recently taking a position as an education advocate for the California Teachers Association, Gray worked as an Alameda elementary school classroom teacher for 10 years. Gray is also the immediate past president of the Alameda Education Association.
Since being appointed to the Alameda Unified School District Board, Gray Harris has spearheaded implementation of a fair enrollment policy that assists our military families and has created additional career pathways and apprenticeship opportunities for our students. She also led the fight to adopt policies that ensure local hire and fair wages for work that is done on our schools. She has successfully passed a balanced budget for the school district and has taken a lead on attracting and retaining qualified educators by advocating for smart uses of existing buildings at Alameda Point for low cost employee housing. Gray has also protected AUSD facility space to ensure each student’s ability to attend neighborhood schools.
Gray’s extensive background also includes serving three years as PTA liaison and being a finalist for “Teacher of the Year” in 2012. She was a member of the School Site Council and taught several afterschool enrichment classes for students. Gray was instrumental in creating the Maya Lin arts magnet program and was the teacher volunteer coordinator for the School District’s successful 2010 parcel tax campaign. In 2013, she was selected Woman of the Year by Assembly Member Rob Bonta.
In her current capacity with the California Teachers Association, Gray represents over 2,000 teachers in nine Bay Area school districts where she helps educators maximize their instruction to best serve the students in the classroom. In addition, Gray focuses on important state legislative work and uses her extensive government experience to help California’s teachers effectively navigate AUSD’s bureaucracy and bring new partnerships to the District.
Gray earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of California at Berkeley and received her teaching credential from Mills College. Gray also holds an early childhood education degree from the College of Marin. She graduated with honors from all three colleges.
Gray enjoys being an active member of the Alameda community through the Elk’s Lodge and the League of Women Voters. She spends time in Alameda’s parks and beaches with her family and lives in a historic Alameda residence where she enjoys preserving the city’s history.
Gray is also the proud mother of a son who graduated from Alameda High School in 2011.
GRAY HARRIS’ VISION FOR ALAMEDA SCHOOLS
Gray Harris’ plan for Alameda schools centers on providing more educational options for students and families, while maintaining the integrity and quality of education in our classrooms.
Gray believes that the Alameda Unified School District should be a model for the rest of our county in:
- how we budget, advocate and collaborate to achieve our core education values like prioritizing the renewal of Measure A which provides $12 million annually to AUSD.
- creating innovative career pathways so that every student has a chance to graduate college and career ready for opportunities in the trades, public safety, or small business directly following high school graduation.
- funding early childhood education programs which are proven to dramatically increase the likelihood of academic success and student achievement.
- offering more local magnet programs in the arts and sciences similar to those provided at Maya Lin.
- attracting and retaining talented teachers by not only paying fair wages and benefits, but also providing more local incentives such as low-cost housing.
- providing specialized programs and tools for English Language Learner students and other students who require unique education plans.
Gray knows is there is more we can do to promote policies that will better prepare our children to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. She understands that while Alameda is a unique community that is fortunate to already have exceptional schools, our leaders must continue to build upon our successes, collaborate and push for new and innovative ways help our students and teachers.