Florida Teacher of the Year award goes to Orlando educator
An Orlando middle-school teacher was named Florida's 2014 Teacher of the Year last night at a gala including friends, fellow teachers and a governor who sensed an opportunity.
Dorina Sackman, who teaches eighth-grade language arts to non-native English speakers, received a $10,000 prize, a $1,000 wardwrobe, and a $1,000 check for Westridge Middle School from corporate sponsor Macy's; she'll also get a free trip for four to Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett called Sackman "a remarkable teacher" who will be "a great representative for all Florida teachers in her new role... ."
Speaking at the gala, Gov. Rick Scott announced his second "Education Listening Tour" around the state this fall. Readers will remember that Scott went on a whirlwind tour of Florida schools as he proposed pay raises for educators ahead of last session.
"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," he said.
The Florida Teacher of the Year is chosen by a Department of Education-appointed selection committee including teachers, principals, parents and business leaders.
Sackman takes over for 2013 Teacher of the Year Alexandre Lopes, a Miami/Dade educator.