Tammy Solomon Gray
M.Ed class of 2000
This first generation college graduate received her Master's of Education in Elementary Education in 2000 and soon returned to earn her reading specialist endorsement in 2003. In 2005, she earned my second Master's in Education in Education Administration at the University of Cincinnati. In regards to her second Mater's degrees, Tammy wrote in her submission, "please don't hold it against me." Tammy believe that her XU education has taken her far, even though she has stayed close to home.
Tammy left the elementary classroom after nine successful years of teaching in local suburban and urban school districts to serve as an Assistant Principal at Pleasant Hill Academy in the Cincinnati Public School District, a neighborhood preschool through eighth grade school with over 760 students. In 2002, she was featured in Essence Magazine for the triumphs in her career, despite having been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1997 during her senior year in undergraduate school. Tammy said, "It behooves me to note that in my early years of my diagnosis I had moments of significant struggles, which were smoothed over by the supportive faculty of Xavier University."
In 2002, Tammy was also tapped by the YWCA Career Women of Achievement as a Rising Star. Four years later, she was selected to participate in the YWCA's Rising Stars Board Leadership Class. Tammy has recently been selected and voted onto two local non-profit boards: United Cerebral Palsy and 4C. She is touched and driven by the organizations' dedication to people living with disabilities developing abilities to gain meaningful occupations and lives, and providing quality early childhood education for lower income families.
Tammy currently resides in North Avondale just three minutes from XU with her supportive husband, Mason, and soon-to-be 17 year old son, Michael.