GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES LEE COUNTY EDUCATOR NAMED TEACHER OF THE YEAR FINALIST
Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Patricia Gair, a dance, advanced placement English, and theater history teacher at Cypress Lake High School in Ft. Myers, is a 2014 Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year finalist. She is one of five educators from throughout the state who will compete for the title. Florida’s Teacher of the Year will be named on July 11, 2013 at Hard Rock Live at Universal Studios CityWalk in Orlando.
Governor Scott said, “Our Florida teachers work tirelessly each day to help students reach higher levels of achievement and prepare for college, and their future careers. I am proud to recognize Patricia Gair as a Teacher of the Year finalist. Her hard work and positive influence is helps to make Florida students some of the most well-trained in the country.”
“The ability to transform children’s lives is the highest privilege any of us can aspire to,” said Florida Commissioner of Education Dr. Tony Bennett. “Patricia Gair has demonstrated a strong commitment to ensure her students excel in their course work.”
Gair has been teaching at the Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts since 1994 and is also an Adjunct Professor of Dance and Performing Arts at Florida Gulf Coast University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts with an English concentration from Florida Gulf Coast University, earned a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Teacher Leadership from Grand Canyon University, and is nationally board certified in career and vocational education. Gair is head of the school’s Dance Department, serves on the School Advisory Council and is active in local and state professional associations related to her field.
About the Teacher of the Year Program
The Florida Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year is chosen from more than 180,000 public school teachers by a selection committee comprised of teachers, principals, parents, and the business community. Florida’s top educator is selected on the basis of their outstanding ability to teach and communicate knowledge of the subject taught, professional development, philosophy of teaching, and exceptional school and community service. The winner must also show a superior capacity to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.
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About the Florida Department of Education: The department’s mission is to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient education system by providing them the chance to expand their knowledge and skills through world-class learning opportunities. Serving more than 3.5 million students, 4,200 public schools, 28 colleges, 188,000 teachers, 47,000 college professors and administrators, and 318,000 individuals who work in education throughout the state, the department enhances the economic self-sufficiency of Floridians through programs and services geared toward college, workforce education, job-specific skills, and career development. Florida ranks first in the nation for teacher quality, first in the nation in advanced placement participation, and first in the southern region for graduation rate and degrees awarded by the Florida College System. For more information, visit www.fldoe.org.