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My name is Ray Yang and I teach Middle School and High School Visual Art in Seattle, Washington at an amazing independent school. I have had a long winding path to the classroom that’s taken me through running youth outreach programs at a community art center, collaborating with museums on teen programs, teaching graduate classes to pre-service teachers and educators, working as an administrator in a large urban district, writing curriculum and assessments, and now serving as a teacher and teaching artist for youth and educators. The whole time though I’ve known that my life’s work was in arts education and that ultimately I wanted to be back in a classroom teaching.
I am a born and raised New Yorker, and graduated with a double BA in Biology and Studio Art from Brown University. After college I embarked on my first career in magazine production and freelance graphic design in New York City. I quickly discovered though that this was not my passion and headed back to school to get my MA in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I spent the next 15 years in Chicago building my career and work before finally heading arriving in Seattle in 2015.
I am passionate about social justice and equity in the art education and believe that the arts are a method of creating a more just and equitable society. They provide an outlet for students to advocate for themselves, educate others, and express their experiences in the world. Whatever your forum, let’s work together to teach and build a world that supports the arts and justice for all!
I also love playing Ultimate Frisbee and spending time with my partner and our two children, hiking, camping, and enjoying the outdoors.