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Providence Hires Principal from Georgia's Number One High School

IV Bray from the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Joins the Providence Leadership Team

The principal of Georgia's top-ranked high school has joined the leadership team at Providence Christian Academy. Mr. IV Bray brings nearly 30 years of administrative and teaching experience to the school, where he serves as the Lilburn campus High School Principal and Associate Head of School for Academics.

Mr. Bray comes to Providence from the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST), where he was principal since 2013. GSMST has ranked as the number one high school in Georgia for the past ten years and the ninth-ranked high school nationwide for the past two years, according to U.S. News and World Report.

"We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Bray to Providence," said Head of School Joey Thacker. "His breadth of experience will advance our ability to provide students with an academic program that challenges and prepares them. And his strong Christian faith aligns him with our goal to have Godly leadership who exemplifies Christ and encourages the spiritual formation of our students."

Serving in the Gwinnett County school system since 1994, Mr. Bray taught physics for 13 years. He was named the Gwinnett County High School Teacher of the Year in 2004 and received the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement (Physics) Teaching in 2005. From 2007 until 2013, he served as an assistant principal, including five years at nearby Parkview High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from LaGrange College and a Master of Education and an Education Specialists degree from the University of Georgia.

"Gwinnett County Public Schools has been great to me and my entire family and I am thankful for all of the professional opportunities afforded to me the last 28 years in GCPS,” Mr. Bray said.  “As I transition to join the leadership team at Providence Christian Academy, I look forward to using my skills and experiences to positively impact students beyond the academic aspects of their lives. Sound spiritual growth and development of young people is crucial for families and the world in which we are all called to serve."

Providence Christian Academy enrolls students from preschool through 12th grade and has served families in Gwinnett and surrounding counties for 31 years, opening a second high school in Johns Creek in 2017 and an affiliate school in Seoul, South Korea.