Q&A: Ms. Jeanette Gray, Math


Ms. Jeanette Gray, Math, poses for a photo in her classroom. Ms. Gray has been teaching mathematics for the past 10 years.

Katelyn Pass, Author

Q: Why did you decide to become a teacher?

A: My mom’s a teacher, my dad’s a teacher, my grandfather was a teacher, my brother’s a teacher and my sister-in-law’s a teacher, so it has kind of been something that I’ve just grown up with.

Q: How long have you been teaching?

A: [I have been teaching for] ten years.

Q: What subjects do you teach?

A: [I teach] Algebra I and Geometry.

Q: Where did you graduate college?

A: [I graduated from] Valparaiso University.

Q: Where did you teach at before?

A: I’ve taught at three other places: Clark High School, Highland High School [and] Valparaiso High School.

Q: What’s your favorite part about being a teacher?

A: My favorite part about being a teacher is from day one to the last day of school you get to see a difference in students, and not just academically. [You] also see how they have grown up throughout the year, too.

Q: What’s your favorite part about Lake Central?

A: My favorite part about LC is just how many people are here. You get to experience a lot of different things and meet a lot of different people which is pretty exciting. I don’t know if I would function well in a small school with only 50 students in a senior class, so I really enjoy meeting all sorts of different people.

Q: How was the transition of coming to LC?

A: Other people made it comfortable for me. Ms.[ Ann] Downey, [Math], was someone I met right away and she really helped me adjust, and with a couple family members being here, they really helped me adjust. I’ve known Asst. Principal Tim Powers for years as well, and coaching two sports, which really started in the summer, made it a pretty easy transition, too.

Q: Are you a coach or sponsor of any sports or clubs?

A: I coach JV girls basketball and [next season’s] varsity football.