Jordan also was elected to a three-year term representing higher education on the TEA Board of Directors.
The Clay County Education Association nominated Jordan for the classroom award, citing his "energetic, courteous and creative manner of teaching [which] makes students feel capable." A former student, physician Joyce Elaine Scott, wrote:
"If anyone in the whole world of teaching deserves to be 'teacher of the year,' it is Ray Jordan. He was instrumental in my becoming a rural doctor in Clay County. He gave me hope and inspiration. Numerous times I was told I would never make it. ... Professor Jordan cheered me on."
Jordan has served as local chapter president, TEA board member and TEA and National Education Association delegate. Award announcements were made during the 64th Annual Representative Assembly of the TEA, held April 18-19 in Nashville.Jordan earned his bachelor's degree from Tennessee Tech and a master's degree from the University of Arkansas. He joined the Tennessee Tech faculty in 1965