Governor Scott Announces Citrus County Educator Named Teacher of theYear Finalist

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Nancy Smith, an English teacher at Citrus High School in Inverness, is a 2014 Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year finalist. She is one of five educators from throughout the state who will compete for the title. Florida’s Teacher of the Year will be named on July 11, 2013 at Hard Rock Live at Universal Studios CityWalk in Orlando.

Governor Scott said, “I am happy to recognize Nancy Smith as a Teacher of the Year finalist. Florida teachers work hard every day to prepare our students for success when they leave the classroom. I was happy to work with the Florida House and Senate to ensure that every Florida teacher, like Nancy Smith, can get a well-deserved pay raise.”

“The ability to transform children’s lives is the highest privilege any of us can aspire to,” said Florida Commissioner of Education Dr. Tony Bennett. “Nancy Smith is committed to preparing her students for college and career. By cultivating a thriving learning environment, her students are reaching higher levels of achievement.”

Smith has 33 years of teaching experience and has taught English at Citrus High School since 2010. In addition to her duties that include teaching Advanced Placement Language and Composition, English Honors, and Intensive Reading, she led the schools’ Advanced Placement team and is a grader for the College Board.

About the Teacher of the Year Program

The Florida Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year is chosen from more than 180,000 public school teachers by a selection committee comprised of teachers, principals, parents, and the business community. Florida’s top educator is selected on the basis of their outstanding ability to teach and communicate knowledge of the subject taught, professional development, philosophy of teaching, and exceptional school and community service. The winner must also show a superior capacity to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.

About Macy’s

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at more than 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Macy’s stores and offer distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Building on a 150-year tradition, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities that make a difference in the lives of their customers.



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