ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A Tampa elementary school teacher has been named Florida's teacher of the year.
Megan Allen was announced as the 2010 Teacher of the Year at a ceremony Thursday night.
The Cleveland Elementary School teacher was chosen from more than 180,000 teachers statewide.
She will receive $10,000, a $1,000 wardrobe and a free trip for four to New York to see this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The other finalists were Patricia Fairclough, of Miami-Dade County; Emily Barbacci, of Leon County; Melissa Reiker, of Orange County; and Marilynn Pedek, of Palm Beach County. Each finalist received $5,000, a Macy's $500 gift card and a $1,000 grant for their schools.
Emmy Award-winning journalist Deborah Norville was master of ceremonies for the Orlando event.
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