Governor Scott Announces Orange County Educator Named Teacher of the Year Finalist

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Dorina Sackman, an ESOL language arts teacher at Westridge Middle School in Orlando, 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, “It’s my honor to recognize Dorina Sackman as a Teacher of the Year finalist. We worked with legislators to help ensure that Florida teachers get a well deserved pay raise, because we have outstanding teachers in Florida. Thanks to all of Florida educators for their exceptional dedication and commitment to our student’s achievement.”

“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. “Dorina Sackman brings compassion and inspiration to her classroom which encourages her students to become lifelong learners.”

A 14-year educator, Dorina Sackman has been teaching at Westridge Middle School for the past three years and until earlier this year, was an adjunct professor of ESOL at Valencia and Seminole State colleges. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Siena College in French with a concentration in International Economics, and a Master’s degree in ESL/Applied Linguistics from University of Massachusetts Boston. Dorina is actively involved in her community and works tirelessly to improve the lives of her students.

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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