TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – For the fourth year in a row, the Florida Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year is a contender for the National Teacher of the Year award.

Alex Lopes, Florida’s 2013 Teacher of the Year, was named one of four finalists for the prestigious award today by the Council of Chief State School Officers. He joins educators from Maryland, New Hampshire, and Washington in line for the national award.

The winner will be announced at a White House ceremony during National Recognition Week April 21-16, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

Governor Rick Scott wished Lopes the best of luck.

“Florida’s teachers are the backbone of our classrooms and they help students obtain the skills and talents they will need to get a job, build a family, and live their version of the American Dream. I look forward to continuing to find ways we can support our educators so they have the tools they need to succeed,” Scott said.

“Florida has a strong tradition of quality, passionate educators and Mr. Lopes is no exception,” said Commissioner of Education Dr. Tony Bennett. “It is important to recognize those who go above and beyond in the teaching profession and serve our students so diligently.  I congratulate Mr. Lopes on being a finalist for one of our nation’s highest teaching honors.”

Alex Lopes, a prekindergarten special education teacher from Carol City Elementary School in Miami-Dade County, was named 2013 Florida Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year and Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education in July 2012. He serves as an education advocate and goodwill ambassador representing teachers throughout the Sunshine State.


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