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Florida Teacher of the Year announced

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A central Florida elementary school art teacher has been named Florida's 2015 Teach of the Year.

Christie Bassett, of Highlands Grove Elementary School in Polk County, was announced as the winner in Orlando Thursday night at the Hard Rock Live at Universal Studios.

Bassett and four other finalists were selected in May from among 72 school district nominees: Jill Espinosa, of Belle Terre Elementary School in Flagler County; Lyndsey Matheny, of Citrus Elementary School in Indian River County; Kevin Ford, of Tarpon Springs High School in Pinellas County; and Daryl Cullipher, of St. Augustine High School in St. Johns County.

Bassett 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.

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