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PRESS RELEASE

May 24, 2005

Melanie Mowry Etters
(850) 245-0413

Macy's Florida Inc.
Elizabeth Romero
O'Connell & Goldberg, Inc.
(954) 964-9098
eromero@oconnellgoldberg.com

Commissioner Announces Florida Department of Education/Macy's Teacher of the Year Finalists

TALLAHASSEE — Education Commissioner John Winn recently announced the five finalists for the 2006 Florida Department of Education/Macy's Teacher of the Year. The finalists were selected from district winners across the state and represent more than 165,000 Florida educators.

"I am proud to announce this year's finalists for 2006 Teacher of the Year," said Commissioner Winn. "The finalists represent the finest teachers in our state and we have them to thank for the incredible gains we've seen in student achievement."

Each teacher was presented with a $5,000 check from Macy's. For the 17th consecutive year, the company has contributed $100,000 in cash to the state-run Teacher of the Year program. According to Commissioner Winn, the gift is the single largest annual corporate cash contribution to Florida public schools. In addition to the $5,000 awarded to each of the five finalists, Macy's also presented $1,000 to each of the finalists' respective schools.

"We are honored to support the Department of Education's teacher recognition program," said Tim Adams, Chairman and CEO of Macy's Florida Inc. "The work these fine individuals do to empower children throughout Florida with the tools to succeed is immeasurable, and we salute them for their love and dedication to their students."

The five finalists are:

  • Samuel Bennett, Polk County — Sam Bennett is a fifth grade teacher at Garner Elementary School in Winter Haven with 18 years experience. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Toccoa Falls College in 1985, a Masters in Elementary Education in 1992 from Clemson University, and is working toward a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Mr. Bennett has taught at the elementary and community college levels and is certified with the State of Florida in Elementary Education 1-6.
  • Kathy Corder, Leon County - Kathy Corder is a tenth grade English teacher at Chiles High School in Tallahassee with 24 years experience at both the middle and high school levels. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1980 and a Masters of Science in Reading in 1983 from Florida State University. Ms. Corder is certified with the State of Florida in Reading, English, and Social Science and in Early Adolescent Social Studies/History with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
  • Fedrick Ingram, Miami-Dade County — Fedrick Ingram is the Band Director and Fine Arts Chairman at Carol City Senior High School in Miami with eight years experience. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Bethune-Cookman College in 1996 and is working toward a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Barry University. Mr. Ingram is certified with the State of Florida in Music K-12 and is working toward certification with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
  • Kathy Ann Kreidler, Taylor County — Kathy Kreidler is a teacher of students with varying exceptionalities in grades 3-5 at Taylor County Elementary School in Perry with 22 years experience. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1982 from Central Michigan University and has taken masters level coursework at Nova Southeastern University and Florida State University. Ms. Kreidler is certified with the State of Florida in Elementary Education, Emotionally Handicapped K-12, and Mentally Handicapped K-12.
  • Daniel E. Snyder, Nassau County — Daniel Snyder is a teacher of learning disabled students at Fernandina Beach High School with 11 years experience. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a Minor in Art History in 1988 from Southern Illinois University and is certified with the State of Florida in Specific Learning Disabilities and English 9-12 and in Early Childhood to Young Adult Exceptional Needs with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

In addition, the remaining 67 district winners each will receive $750 from Macy's, plus $250 for programs at their respective schools.

The Florida Department of Education/Macy's Teacher of the Year will be named Tuesday, July 26, at Hard Rock Live! at Universal Studios CityWalk, Orlando in a ceremony televised live throughout the state via Florida Public Television.

The winning teacher will receive a total cash prize of $10,000 from Macy's, a Lenox Crystal trophy, a trip to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and will serve for one year as the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for education, touring the state to spread the word about educational opportunities and challenges in the Sunshine State.