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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Governor's Communications Office; 850-717-9282;
Georgi Pipkin; 305-577-1973;
Elizabeth Senk; 305-577-2513;

Governor Scott Announces Sackman of Orange County the 2014 Macy's/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year

Orlando, FL - July 11, 2013 - Dorina Sackman, eighth grade ESOL Language Arts Teacher from Westridge Middle School in Orange County, was named the 2014 Macy's/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year at the awards gala, which was held this evening at Hard Rock Live at Universal Studios Orlando. Hundreds of teachers from throughout the state, as well as a group of Dorina's family and friends, were in attendance and ready to celebrate her achievement following the program, which was hosted by Emmy Award-winning journalist Deborah Norville. Governor Rick Scott; Darlene Hanes, Macy's Executive Vice President, Regional Director of Stores; and Florida Commissioner of Education Tony Bennett were on-hand to make the announcement.

Governor Rick Scott said, "It was an honor to participate in the Macy's 2014 Teacher of the Year Gala and announce Dorina Sackman as Florida's new Teacher of the Year. I want to congratulate Dorina and all of the finalists for their exceptional work and thank them for their continued dedication to Florida's students.

"I have learned a lot from Florida's 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 tonight's gala to announce I will be taking my second Education Listening Tour around the state this Fall."

"Macy's congratulates Dorina Sackman for achieving such a prestigious honor among so many accomplished teachers in Florida. Dorina's love of teaching and dynamic style is evident in her students' successes. Dorina not only equips them with the fundamentals, but also empowers them with the confidence to meet life's challenges," said Darlene Hanes, Macy's Executive Vice President, Regional Director of Stores.

This marks the 25th year of Macy's sponsorship of the Florida Teacher of the Year program. Macy's 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 year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Dorina Sackman is a remarkable teacher and will be a great representative for all Florida teachers in her new role as the Florida Department of Education/Macy's 2014 Teacher of the Year," said Florida Commissioner of Education Dr. Tony Bennett. "Florida's teachers have taken center stage, thanks to Governor Scott's leadership and I have confidence that Dorina will keep the momentum moving forward."

In May, Macy's awarded $5,000 to each of the other four finalists - 11th and 12th grade English Teacher Nancy Smith of Citrus High School in Citrus County; 6th grade Reading Teacher Apryl Shackelford of Northwestern Middle School in Duval County; 9th - 12th grade English, Theater History and Dance Teacher Patricia Gair of Cypress Lake High School in Lee County; and 10th - 12th grade Marine Science Teacher Katrin Rudge of Riverview High School in Sarasota County. Each of their respective schools also received $1,000.

Additionally, Macy's presented the Magic of Teaching Award to Jenny McDonald from Florida Department of Corrections in Tallahassee. Macy's Magic of Teaching award is presented to a teacher who goes beyond the basic job description with a unique ability to continue positive growth in their students. Jenny was honored with the award and a $1,000 Macy's gift card.

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

The Florida Teacher of the Year is chosen from more than 189,000 public school teachers throughout the state by a Department of Education-appointed selection committee representing teachers, principals, parents and the business community. Florida's 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 teacher's ability to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.

During the awards ceremony, 67 district winners were recognized and received $750 from Macy's, plus $250 for programs at their respective schools.

View Dorina Sackman's bio (PDF, 76KB)

Event Photos

Photo credits: Phelan Ebenhack of Macy's
Dorina Sackman of Westridge Middle School in Orange County shows her surprise when named as the 2014 Macy's/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year Awards Gala held July 11, 2013 at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida. She is surrounded by fellow finalists Nancy Gair of Lee County, Katrin Rudge of Sarasota County, Apryl Shackelford of Duval County, and Nancy Smith of Citrus County (from left).
Dorina Sackman 2014 Teacher of the Year

Dorina Sackman of Orange County expresses excitement upon receiving her $10,000 check from the Macy's Foundation when announced as the 2014 Macy's/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year. To congratulate her, she is joined by Florida Governor Rick Scott, First Lady of Florida Ann Scott, Michael Krauter, President and Regional Director of Stores for Macy's, Darlene Hanes, Executive Vice President and Regional Director of Stores for Macy's, and Tony Bennett, Florida Commissioner of Education (from left).

Dorina Sackman receives her check

Florida Governor Rick Scott and First Lady of Florida Ann Scott congratulate Dorina Sackman of Orange County upon being named the 2014 Macy's/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year.

Governor Scott and First Lady congratulate Dorina

Jenny McDonald from the Florida Department of Corrections in Tallahassee smiles upon receiving the Macy's Magic of Teaching Award at the 2014 Macy's/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year Awards Gala on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando, FL. She received the award from Darlene Hanes, Executive Vice President and Regional Director of Stores for Macy's.

Jenny McDonald from the Florida Department of Corrections in Tallahassee smiles upon receiving the Macy's Magic of Teaching Award

Event Videos

Announcement Video - QuickTime (MOV, 160MB)

Announcement Video - Windows Media (WMV, 44MB)

About Florida Department of Education

The Macy's/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year is chosen from more than 189,000 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 approximately 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy's offers 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. Macy's flagship stores -- including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California -- are known internationally and leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers, employees and Macy's Foundation, Macy's helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $70 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.