Ray Posey

  • Professor of Education, Mission Valley Regional Center
  • Phone: 619-563-2832


  • Ph.D. in Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, 2004
  • M.S. in School Leadership, California State University, Hayward, 1989
  • B.A. and Elementary Credential Westmont College, Santa Barbara, 1976


Before coming to Point Loma Nazarene University, I was a faculty member at  University of the Pacific, in Stockton, California, where I served as Director of Student Teaching and Internships.  I greatly enjoyed the students and my time at UOP but I felt the call to teach, rather than be an administrator, so I moved to Trinity International University, in Deerfield, Illinois, and taught Foundations of Education, Educational Psychology, and Technology courses.  Trinity is a fairly small school so I could really know my students and we developed great relationships.  While at Trinity I served as the Director of the School of Education as well. 

Prior to my experience at the university level I served as a school principal in the Vacaville Unified School District, Vacaville, California and as a classroom teacher in the  Benicia Unified School District, Benicia, California.  I was fortunate to teach in a wonderfully supportive school where I learned and grew as an educator and then used those skills in my role as principal.  I can remember back to one day when I was first teaching when I thought "I cannot believe they pay me to do this job" because working with students was so rewarding and fulfilling.


Strengths Quest:

Relator, Consistency, Developer, Empathy, Ideation


Credentials Earned:

  • Standard California Teaching Credential, 1976 which authorizes me to teach grades K-9 (grades 7-9 English)
  • California Administrative Services Credential, 1984


Courses Taught:

  • EDU 600 - Foundations of Education and Learning Theory




My research interests include learning theory and it's impact on classroom instruction; teacher creativity in an age of standards and high stakes assessment, and Student Voice, students having a voice in their own learning process.  I truly believe that if students saw the learning process as something they are a part of, rather than something being done to them, we would see much more engagement and commitment on the part of students.



"Students perceptions of their feelings as classroom participants", Graduate School, Vanderbilt University, 2004.  Chair:  Dr. James Meyers.


"Creative Secondary Lesson Planning", ACSI, November 2010

"Innovative Teaching Strategies". Maranatha Christian School, November, 2010.

"Using Innovation in Eclass ", TILE Presentation, June 2010

"Powerpoint as an Organizational Tool"; TILE Presentation, June 2010