Rotary Club of Elizabeth   News Release

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Ad Executive Turned Teacher Wins "Teacher of the Year" Honor From Elizabeth Rotary Club

     Tracey Morton, an advertising executive who spent 20 years at a Madison Avenue agency before becoming a teacher, has been named "Teacher of the Year" by the Rotary Club of Elizabeth. A fourth grade teacher at George Washington School #1 in Elizabeth, Morton was one of over 200 Elizabeth educators nominated for the award.

     "This is a true blessing and an honor," Morton said after receiving the award during a recent presentation ceremony at the Wyndham Hotel in Elizabeth. "I've always believed that teaching is from the heart," she added, explaining that teaching was her career goal, "despite a few turns along the way!" Teaching in Elizabeth also afforded her an opportunity to give back to the community where she was raised. "I received an excellent education when I was a student here in Elizabeth, and I feel that I owe the City a great deal," she said. Morton joined the Elizabeth Board of Education two years ago following two years as a teacher in the Carteret School System.

     During the presentation ceremony Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage stated, "With more than 200 teachers nominated for Teacher of the Year it tells you that we have a lot of great teachers in Elizabeth. Tracey has truly excelled in her role. Her work with parents and young people is exemplary, and I look forward to her continuing with the City for a long time to come."

     Elizabeth Board of Education President Carole Cascio applauded the honor that Morton has brought to the district. "Teachers like Tracey are true heroes - they do so much and they get so little recognition."

     Morton was described as a "bright, nurturing and effective teacher," by Judy Fitz Johnson, principal of School #1. "A product of the Elizabeth School system, Tracey has returned and given back a great deal," she said.

     Rotary Club member Susan Jacobson headed the committee that selected Morton for the award. "It was an incredibly complicated process because there were so many deserving teachers," she explained, adding that the number and quality of the tributes for Morton helped put her over the top. According to Jacobson, "Tracey was described as being both a teacher and a friend to her students. She is someone they can talk to and trust. She teaches respect and pride, and she always has time to speak with a parent. And best of all was the person who said that the world would be a much better place if we had more teachers like Mrs. Morton."

     Morton was joined at the ceremony by her daughter Danielle and son Tranell.

     Founded in 1917, The Rotary Club of Elizabeth is comprised of 50 business and professional leaders who work locally to further the ideals of Rotary International, a world-wide service organization. Rotary International's 1 million members provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build good will and peace. For information about becoming a member of the Rotary Club of Elizabeth please call: (908) 355-5200.