Our youth - Our Future

Meet Lynn Gray

Bringing 26+ years of teaching experience to Hillsborough County

Lynn Gray B.A., M.S. has been an experienced teacher and instructional leader for over 26 years. Lynn is currently on the HCPS School Board representing the entire district. The Hillsborough County School Board needs a member with a strong teaching and educational background, and is willing to continue advocating for the needs of our children. Lynn needs YOUR VOTE.

No other candidate brings as much experience and expertise to the board as Lynn Gray!

Her educational highlights include: Teacher of the Year twice, a finalist once; Peer Counselor of the Year; 16 years as an instructor and department head in the Hillsborough County Public Schools; 9 years of instruction and department head at Jesuit High School; 3 years as a part-time adjunct instructor for JMJ of Tampa Bay Homeschooling; and HCPS School Board member for more than 3 years.

Lynn also owns her own business called Take…The First Step, and is President of a non-profit youth/adult fitness advocacy club called: Take…The First Step Club.

On The Issues

Healthier Children

Let's make our kids healthier by bringing back recess, introducing healthier foods into schools, and encouraging physical activities such as running clubs. Lynn initiated a county wide "Hillsborough Healthy School" standard so each school is motivated to advocate for not only physical fitness, but mental, social, and emotional wellness.

Supporting Students

Our children need more support to overcome problems they may face in school, in the home, and in the world. Here are some initiatives being done:

1. Dropout Prevention and Trauma School training for teachers from the National Dropout Prevention Center, led by Dr. Addis.

2. I have supported "The Leader in Me" in each school; a student leadership program which teaches children to become mentors and leaders.

3. Lynn has pushed the nationally recognized behavior management USF program called PBIS - Positive Behavior Support Systems. This program sets up rewards when students practice good choices for themselves, their peers, their teachers, and the staff.

Improved Literacy

Let's improve the reading level of our children by fostering a love of reading and learning from a young age. Reading is one of the most important skills for a student's success in life! Lynn has recently finished part-time teaching of reading skills to Sulphur Springs K-8 Community School. Lynn has promoted immediate literacy programs prior to Pre-K; with an emphasis on both literacy and numeracy. "We have a reading crisis" in our schools.

Awards

Lynn Gray has been a teacher for 26 years and has served as a department head for many of those years.  Her instructional and administrative experience includes 2 years as an instructor in Pasco County and 16 years as an instructor and department head in the Hillsborough County Public Schools, 9 years of instruction and department head at Jesuit High School, and 3 years as a part time adjunct instructor for JMJ (Jesus, Mary and Joseph) of Tampa Bay Homeschooling.

Nominated Teacher of the year 2 times; one time a finalist

Established the chapters of MADD and SADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Students Against Drunk Driving)

Instructor experience includes: 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12th grades

Peer Facilitator of the Year

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