Orlando teacher finalist in national teacher of year contest

Florida's top teacher a national finalist for fifth straight year

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - An Orlando 8th grade ESOL teacher has been named as one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year award.

Dorina Sackman was named one of four finalists for the prestigious award on Wednesday by the Council of Chief State School Officers.

"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," said Gov. Rick Scott in a release. "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."

Sackman is an 8th grade English for Speakers of Other Languages and Advanced Placement Via Individual Determination teacher at Westridge Middle School in Orlando.

She has been an ESOL teacher for more than 15 years. Sackman 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.

The winner will be announced in April.

For more information, visit National Teacher of the Year Program.

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