Raymond J. Dee’s career in education spans more than 49 years; from the 1960s as a teacher in southeaster Minnesota schools, through 18 years as a school principal, to his continuing work as a driver’s education instructor for foreign and special need drivers in the Mayo Clinic area of Rochester, Minnesota. Ray’s enthusiasm in helping his students achieve their full potentials and drive safely makes him a great representative of Minnesota and U.S. education.
Ray was born in Rochester in 1938. He attended Grades 1-8 in a one room schoolhouse, founded by the Dee family in rural Olmsted County, and graduated from Rochester High School in 1957. In his youth, Ray was active in the Future Farmers of America and won the Minnesota State Farm degree from Winona State College in 1961 and his Masters Degree in 1964.
Ray began teaching in the Rochester Public School system at Holmes and Folwell Elementary schools. He supplemented his income during the summers by teaching drivers’ education classes at John Marshall and Mayo High Schools. Ray discovered that he had a special affinity for helping teenagers and foreign visitors to Rochester to drive more safely.
Ray continued to teacher drivers’ education while serving as principal of the Dover-Eyota combined elementary and middle school from 1970 until his retirement in 1988. Ray then continued his instructions during the next 20 years as he worked as an assistant for special needs patients at the Mayo Clinic.
Since 2008, Ray has been an instructor and operating the Roadway Awareness Geared Education Driving School (RAGE) which specializes in lessons and practice-driving sessions for special needs, anxious or visiting drivers in southeastern Minnesota.
Ray married Shirleyann Fritsch in August 1967 and they have three children–Todd, Troy and Tara and five grandchildren.