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Citrus High teacher makes top-five in Macy’s Teacher of the Year contest
Citrus High teacher makes top-five in Macy’s Teacher of the Year contest


Citrus County, Florida-- Out of over 180,000 teachers in the state, one of Citrus County's own has been chosen as a top-five finalist in the 2014 Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year contest!

Nancy Smith of Citrus High School received quite the surprise Thursday morning as the school's principal, students and Florida Department of Education and Macy's reps did a special "Teacher of the Year Shake Dance" around her and delivered the exciting news.

Those present for the surprise say Principal Johns started the dance and others joined in before confetti canons shot off into the air and FDE Commissioner, Dr. Tony Bennett made the official announcement.

Upon receiving the good news, Nancy Smith was presented with a $5,000 check and a $500 Macy’s gift card. Citrus High was also presented with a $1,000 check, all made possible by the Macy’s Foundation. 

Darlene Hanes, Macy's executive vice president and regional director of stores, was very happy to be able to continue the 25-year Macy's tradition.

“Macy’s is proud to recognize Nancy for changing the lives of her students and paving the way for our future leaders. It is her dedication and extraordinary ability that creates magical moments for students every day,” said Hanes.  “We are honored to take this opportunity today to thank Nancy for her dedication and passion in educating Florida’s children.”

Smith will find out if she is the winner of the 2014 Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year award during a ceremony held in July at Orlando’s Hard Rock Live. Emmy Award-winning journalist Deborah Norville will host the event.

If Smith is named the winner, she will receive the following rewards in addition to the prestigious title:

  • A $10,000 grant funded by the Macy’s Foundation
  • An all-expense paid trip for four to New York City to attend the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • The opportunity to serve for one year as the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for education and tour the state to spread the word about Florida's educational opportunities and challenges

All nominees will be also recognized for their achievements, and will receive a $750 personal cash award and a $250 grant for their school, funded by the Macy’s Foundation.