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Florida Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year 2013


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Melissa Goff, (305) 577-2171, Melissa.Goff@macys.com
Georgi Morales Pipkin, (305) 793-9626, Georgi.Pipkin@macys.com

Miami-Dade County Educator Named 2013 Macy's/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year

Orlando, FL - July 12, 2012 - Alex Lopes, Pre-Kindergarten Special Education teacher from Carol City Elementary School in Miami-Dade County, was named the 2013 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 Lopes' family and friends, were on-hand to celebrate his achievement following the program, which was hosted by Emmy Award-winning journalist Deborah Norville. The announcement was made by Mike Krauter, Macy's President of Stores, and Florida Commissioner of Education Gerard Robinson.

"Macy's congratulates Alex Lopes for achieving such a prestigious honor among so many accomplished teachers in Florida. Alex's love of teaching and dynamic style is evident in his students' successes. Alex not only equips them with the fundamentals, but also empowers them with the confidence to meet life's challenges," said Mike Krauter, Macy's President of Stores.

This marks the 24th year of Macy's sponsorship of the Florida Teacher of the Year program. Macy's presented Alex Lopes with a check totaling $10,000, a $1,000 wardrobe, a $1,000 check for his school and an all-expense paid trip for four to New York City to attend this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

"Congratulations to Alex Lopes for being named tonight as Florida's 2013 Teacher of the Year," said Commissioner of Education Gerard Robinson. "Alex exhibits the bold leadership skills and dedicated commitment that exemplifies an outstanding role model for Florida educators and students. Alex will work tirelessly as he embarks on this year-long journey to inspire and motivate his colleagues and promote high achievement standards for our students. Tonight we celebrate the positive impact effective teaching has on student achievement. Through Florida's teachers' continued dedication to achieve excellence in their classroom, Florida's students, families, and district school leaders are all winners."

In May, Macy's awarded $5,000 to each of the other four finalists - 9th through 12th English and Technology Teacher Jeffrey Pribble of Escambia High School in Escambia County; 4th and 5th Grade General Education Teacher Megan Crombie of Riversink Elementary School in Wakulla County; 6th through 8th Social Studies Teacher Dawn Voyer of Cypress Lake Middle School in Lee County; and 9th through 12th Grade Reading and College Readiness Teacher Nanci Brillant of Saint Cloud High School in Osceola County. Each of their respective schools also received $1,000.

Additionally, Macy's presented the Magic of Teaching Award to Tesfa Wondemagegnehu (One-dim-ahg-knee-u) from Freedom High School in Orange County. 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. Tesfa was honored with the award and a $1,000 Macy's gift card.

For the past 24 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 million to teachers throughout the state

The Florida Teacher of the Year is chosen from more than 180,000 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

About Florida Department of Education

The Macy's/Florida Department of Education 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 macys.com 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 our customers.

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