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Dr. Larry Tripp Named GACTE Teacher of the Year in Georgia

Larry Tripp
2005, Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Argosy University, Sarasota
Work-Based Learning and Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator for Dalton Public Schools

Named GACTE Teacher of the Year in Georgia

Dr. Larry Tripp is the work-based learning and youth apprenticeship coordinator for Dalton Public Schools in Georgia. He’s responsible for collaborating with administrators, students, teachers and business/industry leaders to design activities that connect education and careers for Dalton High School students. Tripp facilitates connections to support students’ transition to postsecondary education and employment. To achieve these goals, he developed a program that engages students in future career exploration and development.

His work was recently commended by the Georgia Association For Career and Technical Education (GACTE), which named him “Teacher Of Year.” Tripp, who in 2005 earned a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Argosy University, Sarasota, received the honor at the GACTE annual conference. To earn the achievement, Tripp was nominated by division peers—then selected by the GACTE awards committee as the overall state winner. He’ll represent Georgia in the Association for Career & Technical Education Region II competition in September 2018.  

Tripp’s 25-year career in education includes service at both Dalton Public Schools and Whitfield County Schools. In addition to his Doctor of Education, he holds an Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration from Lincoln Memorial University and both a Master of Education in Occupational Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Education from The University of Georgia.

Tripp also served on the design team for the first ever WBL (work-based learning) national conference, held in September 2018. He’s advocated for work-based learning and career, technical and agriculture education before the state legislature and is a founder of Rising Professionals, which partners with local industry leaders to provide workshops that teach students the value of exceptional work ethics and responsibility.

His additional community activities include:

  • Recognized as a Top Gun Coordinator, distinguishing him as an elite youth apprenticeship program (YAP) /work-based learning coordinator (WBL)
  • Earned all seven of the YAP/WBL Badges, which signify excellence in each of the specific YAP/WBL program areas of focus.
  • Was the first YAP/WBL representative on the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education board, serving a three year term.
  • Served on the district leadership team, the district design team, the Dalton High School design team and the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Career Tech advisory board.

Tripp is also an active member in his church community and spends many hours working with youth through the Dalton Parks and Recreation Department.

Read more about Tripp’s “Teacher of the Year” award here.

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