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Meet Ann Gray

Mrs. Ann Gray is our school’s librarian and the technology coordinator.  She grew up in Newmarket, NH with her younger sister and her two younger brothers.  Her dad was a dentist and her mom worked in the school library.  As a child, Mrs. Gray’s favorite book was The Lonely Doll by Dare Wright.  Mrs. Gray loved the story about a little doll who is lonely and makes friends with two stuffed bears who come to live in her house.  The illustrations for the story are composed of photographs of the doll and the two teddy bears and their adventures.  As a child, Mrs. Gray enjoyed playing with dolls; her favorite ones were her Chatty Cathy doll and her Barbie dolls.  She also had fun playing with modeling clay, playing jump rope, and playing Clue and Scrabble.

When Mrs. Gray was a baby, she and her parents lived in an apartment, but they moved to an old house in town when she was about a year and a half old.  That house had been one of the oldest ones in town with parts of it being built in the 1600s!  There were six fireplaces in that house, and her family lived there for over 60 years.

Mrs. Gray went to Newmarket High School where her favorite subject was French.  She had a wonderful French teacher who really challenged the class.  She said, “Mr. Boivin really expected a lot from us, but we were happy to try to live up to his expectations.  I really gained a lot from that class.”  In school, Mrs. Gray enjoyed her art classes where she did sketches and learned to do oil painting.

After graduating from Newmarket High School, Mrs. Gray went to college at UNH in Durham where she earned a B.S. in home economics education.  “I loved learning new things while I was in college and challenging my brain,” she said. Her very first teaching job was here at Pittsburg School.  Mrs. Gray later taught home economics (cooking, sewing, etc.) in Tilton at Winnisquam Regional High School before returning to Pittsburg and getting married.  She and her husband have four children, who all went to school here at Pittsburg School.

Mr. and Mrs. Gray have a dog named, Piper.  She’s a mixed breed dog with long black hair.  Piper loves to dig in the dirt and take walks and, during the summer, she even ate grain with the cows out in the field!  Mr. Gray has about 10 cows in his sisters’ barn here in Pittsburg.  For awhile Mr. and Mrs. Gray also had chickens at their home.  The chickens were ones that their children brought home from school.

Mrs. Gray’s favorite holiday is Christmas.  She is quoted as saying, “I love the happy anticipation of the Christmas season, all of the wonderful songs, the beautiful decorations, the smell of the tree, and the twinkling lights.”  Her favorite holiday foods are sugar cookies and also the peanut butter cookies with Hershey kisses in them.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Gray belong to several community organizations including the church, the Pittsburg Historical Society, and Aurora Grange.  “I feel that it is important to be involved in my community as much as possible,” said Mrs. Gray.  Mr. Gray is also a member of the Pittsburg School Board.  He joined the Pittsburg volunteer fire department when he was just 15 years old, and now in 2017 he is the chief of the fire department here.

When asked what her favorite vacation destination is, Mrs. Gray responded, “We have a family house in York Beach, Maine.  It has been a part of our family for over 100 years.  My great-grandfather had the house built.  It is right on the ocean and within easy walking distance of the beach.  My children and grandchildren all go there every year.  It is a very special place full of many happy memories.”

Before working as a teacher, Mrs. Gray was a clerk at a Rexall’s drugstore, a waitress at Weeks Dairy Bar in Exeter, and a camp counselor at Camp Farnsworth.

When asked what she likes best about her life, Mrs. Gray said, “I love being alive and sharing time with my family while living in this beautiful area and interacting with nature.  It’s great fun to look out my window and see turkeys or deer or moose.”  Mrs. Gray’s personal motto is “Do to others what you would have them do to you.  In other words, I believe we should treat others the way that you want to be treated.”  Mrs. Gray loves being able to share the joy of reading with her students in her library classes here at Pittsburg School, and she loves being able to get to know all of the students of all ages.

Updated February 2017