Graduate Ambassador Katina Simpson Ray

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EDD School Leadership

Katina Simpson Ray is currently a professor at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, and she resides in Maumelle, Arkansas.  Katina graduated from Arkansas State University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education, a master's degree in educational leadership, and a specialist degree in educational leadership.  She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in school leadership from Arkansas Tech University.  She plans to graduate in the spring of 2022.  After graduation, she plans to return to a local school district to serve as a central office administrator.    

In addition to serving as a college professor, Katina's work experience includes being a teacher, literacy coach, assistant principal, and principal.  She has worked in the West Memphis School District, the Pulaski County Special School District, and the Little Rock School District.  Katina also works as an educational consultant.  She travels across the country and state coaching and mentoring teachers and administrators.  

Katina is a member of Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  In her spare time, she enjoys working with the youth at her church.  She is currently the co-director of the Watson Primary Ensemble at St. Mark Baptist Church.  

"Initially, I chose Arkansas Tech University because of the flexibility of the program.  I like the outline of the courses that would potentially allow me to finish a doctoral degree in two years.  Since I have been in the program, I appreciate the relationships that I have formed with the faculty.  They really go above and beyond to ensure student success.  I would recommend Arkansas Tech University to anyone wanting to pursue a doctoral degree in school leadership."