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July 13, 2006

Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

Education Commssioner Announces Conney Dahn as the Florida Department of Education/Macy's 2007 Teacher of the Year
Martin County school teacher honored for commitment to teaching

ORLANDO — Education Commissioner John L. Winn and Macy's Chairman and CEO Julie Greiner last night announced Conney Dahn as the Florida Department of Education/Macy's 2007 Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made during a ceremony hosted by Deborah Norville at Hard Rock Live at Universal Studios CityWalk in Orlando. Dahn is a high school exceptional education teacher at Jensen Beach High School in Martin County.

"I am honored to recognize Conney tonight as our Teacher of the Year," said Commissioner Winn. "She embodies the core value of teaching — that all students can succeed — and never tires of helping them realize their goals."

Dahn 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 Florida. She will receive a cash prize of $10,000 from Macy's, a customized trophy and an all-expense paid trip to New York City for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Macy's will also award to each of the other four finalists — Cathy Hardesty, Hill-Gustat Middle School, Highlands County; Jan Graham, Elizabeth Cobb Middle School, Leon County; Lynn Carrier, Gulfstream Elementary School, Miami-Dade County and Melissa Brinson, Suwannee Middle School, Suwannee County — with a $5,000 check and a $500 Macy's gift card. Macy's also presented $1,000 to each of the finalists' respective schools to be used toward educational programs.

"Through Conney's exceptional approach, her students have not only learned essential facts and figures, they have learned more about themselves, and the world around them, helping them be better prepared for life," stated Greiner.

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.

For more information about the Florida Department of Education/Macy's 2007 Teacher of the Year, visit