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Lake Mary Teacher Named Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year

Terry Porter, a Wellness and Physical Education teacher at Markham Woods Middle School in Lake Mary has been named Teacher of the Year in Florida in the 12th annual Wal-Mart and Samís Club State Teacher of the Year program. Porter was honored at a special surprise ceremony at the club, and in his honor the school received a $10,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation.

In addition to receiving a $10,000 grant for the school, Porter also received a personalized Teacher of the Year leather tote, a crystal apple trophy, business cards, a Teacher of the Year certificate and a one-year membership to Phi Delta Kappa International, a professional education association and Wal-Martís partner in the State Teacher of the Year program.

Wal-Martís Teacher of the Year program is one of the largest teacher recognition efforts in the country, giving back more than $5 million this year alone to the schools of winning teachers.