Carey Rainey Gray Teacher Resource Collection
This collection was established in honor of Falls Church City Public Schools reading specialist Carey Rainey Gray, who passed away on June 5, 2010 after a battle with cancer.
Carey taught second grade and reading at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School for ten years.She brought dedication and joy wherever she went, and created a classroom in which students were part of a loving community. Carey will be remembered for her kindness and laughter, her dedication as a teacher, and her dance moves.
Outside of school Carey tutored students during summer months. Her
favorite place to tutor was at Mary Riley Styles Public Library.
Students who happened to be at the library while she was tutoring were
always excited to see Mrs. Gray in the library.
Carey’s family set up a memorial fund in her name at Mary Riley Styles Public Library. Contributions are used to purchase resource books for parents and teachers in the children’s room at the library. A plaque memorializing her hangs on the wall near the collection:
"Remembered always for her love of family
Joy of teaching children to read
Laughter she shared with everyone"
The parenting collection is a special collection of materials of interest to parents and other adults who work with children. Within the collection are picture books that are written for children and best used with the guidance of an adult.
The parenting and teacher resource collections are housed together in the Youth Services room. There are many titles that have crossover appeal to parents and teachers.