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Morrow High grad honored by teachers’ group

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Morrow teacher Yvette Dupree

Special photo/ Morrow teacher Yvette Dupree

ATLANTA — A Morrow teacher and graduate of Leadership Clayton was one of six nominees for Educator of the year by a statewide career and technical-education group.

Yvette Dupree, a doctoral candidate majoring in workforce education at the University of Georgia, was nominated for Educator of the Year by the Georgia Marketing Education Association. She was among 21 career and technical educators honored in various categories by the Georgia Association for Career & Technical Education at its July conference in Atlanta. The marketing education group is part of the larger association.

“We’re proud of Yvette,” said Matthew Gambill, the association’s executive director. “She’s a great educator.”

Before beginning her doctoral studies, Dupree taught marketing education at Morrow High School, where she also advised the Distributive Education Clubs of America program. She graduated from Morrow High in 1999 and attended Morrow Middle School. Dupree holds business and teaching degrees from UGA.

As a participant in Leadership Clayton, Dupree helped organize Clayton Leaders Environmental Action Network, a non-profit community beautification initiative. Dupree serves as CLEAN’s vice president.

In addition, Dupree still substitute teaches in Clayton County schools. She said she’d “love to” come back to Clayton and teach again when she completes her doctoral work.

The Georgia Association for Career & Technology Education is the second-largest state affiliate of its national parent organization. Gambill said he credits the popularity of career education in Georgia and support from the state with his group’s size.