Riverview High's Rudge a runner-up for Florida Teacher of the Year

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A central Florida language arts teacher has been named Florida's 2014 Teach of the Year.


Dorina Sackman, of Westridge Middle School in Orange County, was announced as the winner in Orlando Thursday night.

Sackman and four other finalists were selected in May from 72 school district nominees.  Sarasota's own Katrin Rudge of Riverview High School was one of them.

Rudge was named the Sarasota County School District's top educator earlier this year, earning her a chance to compete for the title on the state level.

SARASOTA - Florida's teacher of the year is set to be named tonight in Orlando, and a local educator is up for the big award.

The Florida Department of Education and Macy's are holding a ceremony at the Hard Rock Live at Universal Studios. Five finalists, including Riverview High School Teacher Katrin Rudge of Sarasota, are in the running for the title.

Teachers were selected in May from among 72 school districts.

The Teacher of the Year will receive a $10,000 grant funded by the Macy's Foundation, along with an all-expense paid trip for four to New York City to attend the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The event can be viewed live online at http://gstreamtv.com/macys. Live Stream begins July 11 at 6:25 p.m. EDT to end of Awards Ceremony between approximately 8:30-9:00 p.m.

The five finalists for the 2014 Florida Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year are:

Nancy Smith, English, Advanced Placement and Reading teacher, Citrus County High School, Citrus County

Apryl Shackelford, Intensive Reading teacher, Northwestern Middle School, Duval County

Patricia Gair, Performing Arts/Dance teacher, Cypress Lake High School Center for the Performing Arts, Lee County

Dorina Sackman, ESOL (English For Speakers of Other Languages) teacher, Westridge Middle School, Orange County

Katrin Rudge, Marine Science and Dual Enrollment Marine Biology teacher, Riverview High School, Sarasota County