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Rick Scott Names 2014 Macy's Teacher of the Year

Gov. Rick Scott namedDorina Sackman, an eighth-grade ESOL language arts teacher from Westridge Middle School in Orange County as2014 Macy's Teacher of the Year on Thursday at Hard Rock Live at Universal Studios in Orlando. Hundreds of teachers attended the event, which was hosted byEmmy Award-winning journalist Deborah Norville. Gov. Rick Scott; Darlene Hanes, Macys executive vice president, regional director of stores; and Florida Commissioner of Education Tony Bennett were at the event to make the announcement.

"It was an honor to participate in the Macys 2014 Teacher of the Year Gala and announce Dorina Sackman as Floridas new Teacher of the Year," began Gov. Scott. "I want to congratulate Dorina and all of the finalists for their exceptional work and thank them for their continued dedication to Floridas students. I have learned a lot from Floridas teachers, and I am excited to once again have the opportunity to listen to the needs of teachers across the state. I could not think of a better venue than tonights gala to announce I will be taking my second Education Listening Tour around the state this fall.

This is the 25th year of Macys sponsorship of the Florida Teacher of the Year program. Macys presented Dorina Sackman with a check totaling $10,000, a $1,000 wardrobe, a $1,000 check for her school and an all-expense paid trip for four to New York City to attend this years Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Sackman was chosen from 189,000 public school teachers around the state. Floridas top educator is "selected on the basis of the superior ability to teach and communicate knowledge of the subject taught, professional development, philosophy of teaching and outstanding school and community service. The most important qualification is the teachers ability to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities," according to Gov. Scott's office.

Macy's has annually contributed $100,000 to the state-run Teacher of the Year program for the past 25 years, making it one of the largest corporate cash contributions to Florida public schools. To date, Macys has contributed more than $2.5 million to teachers throughout the state.

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