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2020 Florida Teacher of the Year Dr. Dre Graham Available for Media Interviews

July 19, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications


Tampa, Fla. – (July 19, 2019) – Dr. Dakeyan “Dre” Graham, King High School’s music teacher, and now the 2020 Florida Teacher of the Year, will be available for media interviews today at 1 p.m. at King High School.

Dr. Graham was announced as the winner last night at a gala event in Orlando. He spent the morning at a Teacher of the Year breakfast and will head back to Tampa later today.

King High School is located at 6815 N. 56th St., Tampa. Please meet at the school’s front office. Principal Arlene Castelli will be your point of contact.

Please email me if you plan to send a reporter or photographer since the school is closed today. We will need to wait for everyone to arrive before heading to the music room.

Dr. Graham has served as the Director of Instrumental Studies at King High School for the past 10 years. Before he taught at King High School, he was a student there and a member of the school’s Marching Lions band.

Dr. Graham holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Music Education from the University of Florida. He received his PhD in Music Education from the University of South Florida.

He will serve for one year as the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education, touring the state to promote education and highlight exceptional teachers.

In January, Dr. Graham was selected as Hillsborough County’s Teacher of the Year. Dr. Graham is the 2nd educator from Hillsborough County Public Schools to be chosen as Florida’s Teacher of the Year in the last five years.


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