Florida’s Top Teacher a National Finalist for Fifth Straight Year


National Teacher of the Year finalist, Dorina Sackman, answers questions during the Governor’s Education Accountability Summit in August 2013.

For the fifth year in a row, the Florida Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year is a National Teacher of the Year finalist. Dorina Sackman, Florida’s 2014 Teacher of the Year, was named one of four finalists for the prestigious award today by the Council of Chief State School Officers. She joins educators from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia contending for the national award. The winner will be announced in April.Governor Scott said, “Florida teachers are the foundation of our education system and provide critical help in preparing students for success in life, a career and in college. I had the honor of meeting Dorina this past year at our first annual Teacher of the Year Summit, and was pleased to award her as the Florida Teacher of the Year. I congratulate Dorina on this great honor and look forward to working with her and all of Florida’s teachers as we make Florida the best education system in the nation.”

“I extend my heartfelt congratulations to Dorina Sackman for being named a National Teacher of the Year finalist,” said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. “Florida has a long history of outstanding educators and I am pleased that the Sunshine State is again included for this prestigious honor.”

Dorina Sackman is an 8th grade English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Advanced Placement Via Individual Determination (AVID) teacher at Westridge Middle School in Orlando, and has been an ESOL teacher for more than 15 years. She was named Florida’s Teacher of the Year and Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education in July 2013. She serves as an education advocate and goodwill ambassador representing educators throughout the Sunshine State.

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