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Ray Canada

Director of Instruction, Co-Teaching Program

Hometown: New York, NY

Education: BA Psychology, College of the Holy Cross;
MS Teaching (Secondary Mathematics), Pace University

Ray’s journey to Blue Engine began in 2002, when he left the business world to enter the field of education as a Teach for America Corps Member. In his role as a middle school mathematics teacher at IS 143 in Washington Heights, Ray discovered his love of teaching. Ray remained at IS 143 beyond his TFA commitment, serving as both a teacher and grade level chair to widen the scope of his impact towards solving educational inequity by working to unlock the academic potential of approximately 300 students.

Over the course of the next 12 years of teaching, Ray has worked in school communities located in West Philadelphia, PA and Bedford-Stuyvesant/Crown Heights, Brooklyn. He has served as a mathematics general educator, a special educator, a co-teacher, a curriculum writer, and an instructional coach. These experiences have shaped two core values that continue to drive his passion in education. First, that the most complex problems related to educational inequity can be solved. Second, that solving these challenges requires intentional collaboration from teams of people.

Ray is excited to share his 17 years of teaching experience with the Blue Engine community and to collaborate with all partner schools to build on their success and to unlock the potential of their co-taught classrooms in service of improving student outcomes.