QUINCY -- Evie Morrison often talks to her students about their career path and encourages them to do more.
Now she's taking her own advice.
Morrison has been named the new director of Quincy Area Vocational Technical Center, effective July 1. She takes over the job held by Kaleb Smith, who is leaving Quincy Public Schools for a similar job in Edwardsville, closer to family.
"This job is blending all my previous experience between my tech/computer job experience, my business experience and my teaching experience," Morrison said. "It's just a good blend of everything I've done so far. It seems like a really exciting next step."
Morrison worked in the computer industry and owned a small business before moving to Quincy, where she has taught math for 18 years at Quincy High School.
"One thing I haven't taught is vocational, but oftentimes math is a key component to all career/tech education," Morrison said.
Superintendent Roy Webb said Morrison is "uniquely prepared" for the new job as an outstanding educator who relates well with students and has a strong background in computer technology.
Webb expects Morrison to continue to work with local business and industry, as Smith did, to help them meet their needs.
"It's a competitive job market, not so much for people looking for jobs but for people who have jobs available," Webb said. "If we can have some students graduating high school qualified for jobs, that's good for our students and good for our business community."
Morrison is working with Smith this month to help with the transition.
"I'm just trying to absorb as much as I can," Morrison said.
The new role will be an administrative position which will offer continued contact with students.
"I'm glad that I'm still going to be working close to students. I enjoy working with students," she said. "I'll be seeing students in a more general role, in an administrative role versus day-to-day in the classroom."
Webb said the school district had five applicants for the job and interviewed the three who were qualified for the position, which has a 12-month contract. All the applicants were in-district, which creates another challenge for the school district.
"We know she's going to do a great job, but filling her math teaching position will be a challenge for us," Webb said.