Dakeyan "Dre" Graham

 


 




Dakeyan "Dr
é" Graham
BMUSE '07, MM '09, DMA '23  |  Gainesville, FL


 

Dré Graham, BMUSE '07, MM '09, DMA '23, currently serves as Director of Educational Equity and Outreach for Alachua County Public Schools. He holds three doctoral degrees: a Doctorate of Philosophy in Music Education from the University of South Florida, a Doctorate of Education in Learning Design and Performance Technology from Florida State University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Florida. 


Dré is the 2019 Hillsborough County Teacher of the Year, was selected in July 2019 as the 2020 Florida Teacher of the Year, representing 74 school districts and more than 195,000 teachers. During the 2019-2020 school year, he was on sabbatical from teaching and served as the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education. In this role, he toured the state delivering motivational speeches and workshops focused on empowering teachers to create the most impactful learning experience possible for their students. As an avid equity advocate, he also served on the Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys, as a member of the education committee, and was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis as a Commissioner for the Florida Commission on Community Service. He currently serves on a number of local executive board around the Gainesville area that center on the importance and impact of mentorship.


While serving as the president of the Hillsborough Secondary Music Council and founder of the Eastern Coalition of Music Directors, Dré travels around the state as an adjudicator for both the Florida Bandmasters and Orchestra Associations. In 2012, he was a finalist for Hillsborough County Teacher of the Year and a semi-finalist and quarterfinalist for Grammy Music Educator of the Year in 2013 and 2020, respectively. Dré has been honored as a 2020 USF Outstanding Young Alumni Award Recipient and one of 40 Gators Under 40 in 2021 for his work in the field of education. He was inducted into his high school's hall of fame in 2023, the C. Leon King High School Wall of Pride. 


Dré currently lives in Gainesville, FL with his wife, Casey (also a former educator), and their daughter, Aaliyah.  He will be serving his second term on the UFAA Board of Directors; his term expires 6/30/2026.

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