Welcome to Mrs. Spray's Web Page!"You must do things you think you cannot do."Eleanor RooseveltContact info: RSpray@rtnj.orgMy Schedule 2017-18:Homeroom - Sophomore Class - Rm 165Period 1 - World History A - Rm 180Period 2 - AP World History - Rm 180Period 3 - World History A - Rm 180Period 6 - World History A - Rm 180Period 8 - AP World History - Rm 180Period 9 - World History A - Rm 180Advisor - Model UN Club - See me in Rm 180 during lunch for club details.My History....I love the above quote by Eleanor Roosevelt because my whole life has been filled with doing things that at first I thought I could not do. I hope my own story encourages others to try new adventures and not be afraid to fail.
It all started in tenth grade when I made a decision to switch to Little Rock Central High School in the middle of the year. I ended up graduating as valedictorian, despite a US History teacher who insisted on giving me a B! I got in to Princeton University and worked hard to graduate with honors in Asian Studies/Japanese.
While at Princeton, I rowed in a "crew" boat with 8 women, something I had never done, much less seen, before. We ended up winning the National Collegiate Championships not once, but twice! After 4 years I finally lettered and even won a coveted crew team honor, the "Class of 1983 Award," which stated: "Awarded to the individual who measures success not by results but by effort and whose positive attitude contributes to the morale of the team." I think that was a nice way of saying I was not the best rower, but I tried and just kept encouraging the other women in my boat to row hard. I try to continue this in my work today - both with my students and with my fellow staff members.
After Princeton I was awarded a full-paid, 2-year Rotary Scholarship to live and study in Japan. After I conquered that unique culture and language, I took off with a backpack and a travel guide and wandered around the world for 8 months on my own. I had the time of my life! A few years later I returned to Japan with my husband and worked in the medical marketing industry for 5 years in the wild city of Tokyo. My two children were born there and continue to love sushi to this day.
Upon my return to the US, I worked in the volunteer nonprofit world until my kids were in high school. I went back to school and got my Masters Degree in Education in Social Studies Content at Montclair State University. Three years later, I was ready to try the biggest challenge of my life: to inspire teens to “do things they think they cannot do.” And here I am today!
Doing something I thought I could not do (again):
Head of the Charles Regatta, Oct. 2016.