Born in Columbus, Ohio, Tamela ray graduated from Union Springs Central School in 1978. Upon graduation, Tamela received her bachelor’s degree in physical education with a minor in sociology from Ithaca College. While studying in Ithaca, Ray also played for the women’s field hockey team and was a member of the New York State Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women championship team in 1978. She was a member of the New York State Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women in 1978. also played for the women’s softball team with which she served as captain, received the MVP title and made an appearance in the NCAA World Series. She continued her education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she received her Masters in Physical Education with a focus on Sports Studies and focused her dissertation on “Student Perceptions of Selected Roles of Women.” . Four years after graduating from UNC, Tamela Ray received her Advanced Studies Certificate from SUNY Cortland, then shortly after her PhD in Education from Syracuse University in 2010. Her thesis was titled ” High school athletic directors: a review of the role, realities, and career developments.
While pursuing her educational goals, Tamela simultaneously served as a physical education teacher at Auburn, college field hockey coach, founder and coach of the college women’s lacrosse team, coach junior varsity volleyball coach and first year women’s volleyball coach. She was also a founding member of the AHS Athletic Hall of Fame, and lastly, she was the director of health, physical education and athletics for the Auburn school district, which she held for 26 years. . But the list of his dedications to the Auburn school district does not end there. Tamela has helped add fitness centers, free weightlifting facilities, outdoor turf fields and artificial turf fields to the Auburn fields for the benefit of future athletes. She has served as president and vice-president of the Auburn Administrators Association, a member of the wellness committee, and a member of the curriculum council. Tamela participated in the physical education program as the director of physical education, during which she helped develop an optional program that allowed students to choose, started elementary physical education events at the scale District for Students to Come Together to Perform, Compete and Perform, and received the Carol M. White Pep Grant Award, which increased opportunities for professional development.