Tuesday, August 23, 2011

It's Teacher Appreciation Again...this should be a daily event!

This post is all about the teachers. It's back-to-school and instead of only talking about the kids (seriously, how cute are these three?), I want to show some love to all teachers and especially the teachers who dedicate themselves to educating my two adorable sons. Thank you for all that you do.

I have compiled a listing of places that offer deals for all those hard working teachers, compliments of the Department of Education. Enjoy!

Attractions and Events

DOE Teams Up With NFL Teams for 2011
Attention all football fans! The Florida NFL teams have partnered again with the Florida Department of Education to offer discounted tickets to teachers this coming fall! Now, all three teams – the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins – will offer these specially-priced tickets to key games. Discounted ticket forms are now available for all three teams!

Click on tabs found to the left of this post for TEACHER ticket offers.

Teachers will have free admission for the months of September and October if they bring their Teacher ID card, as well as a valid ID.

Clearwater Aquarium
Offer free admissions to teachers.

Florida Aquarium
See the Aquarium at your own pace to prepare for your field trip. Simply show proof of ID (current pay stub with teacher payroll code) at a ticket window for free admission. Family and friends are welcome but will be required to purchase their admission(s). Offer good during regular business hours. Teachers are counted in the chaperone total on field trip days. Museum also offers special "Teacher Workshops." For more information please visit: ! (Tampa) Florida Aquarium

Kennedy Space Center
Free 12 Month Educator Passes to Kennedy Space Center! Discover firsthand how a field trip can enrich every student’s education with the “Educator Study Pass.” Full-time Florida and Georgia educators receive a free Annual Pass to explore the Kennedy Space Center themselves. Educators can enjoy all the benefits of admission, visit the NASA Educator Resource Center to learn about educational programs and receive new classroom materials. Teachers can also tour NASA’s launch headquarters, meet a real astronaut and watch exhilarating IMAX movies. To be eligible for an Educator's Study Pass, educators must possess a valid Florida or Georgia teacher certificate and be currently employed at an accredited school as a full-time K-12 classroom educator. To receive an Educator Study Pass, educators must present these items to the ticket agents located at the ticket plaza. Professional educators can visit the NASA Educator Resource Center (ERC) to receive information, copy NASA videotapes, reproduce software, slides and videotapes, and review lesson plans and other teaching materials. For details on available materials or to make an appointment, call the ERC at (321) 867-4090.

Mote Aquarium
Teachers, come explore the secrets of the sea for free. Mote Aquarium offers one free ticket for each teacher presenting a pay stub at our admissions desk. This offer covers one teacher only and does not extend to accompanying guests. Mote Aquarium is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 365 days a year and features more than 100 marine species, including manatees, sharks, dolphins, sea turtles, and fish of all shapes and sizes. Learn more at Mote.  Also check out Mote's education programs for school groups at Mote Education Programs

Orlando Broadway Across America
Inquire about discount tickets for teachers, available at: Broadway Across America Password: schoolbroadway. Upcoming shows include Legally Blonde, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jersey Boys and STOMP. (Orlando)

Orlando Museum of Art
Inquire about annual educator pass discounted membership. Details: (407) 896-4231. (Orlando)

Orlando Science Center
Orlando Science Center is pleased to offer teachers free admission with the presentation of a valid Florida teacher ID. In addition, receive 10% off when you become an exclusive member to our center! Membership includes special discounts off our summer and school break camps and free admission to more than 250 Association of Science and Technology museums throughout the nation. For more information please visit our website: Orlando Science Center or call (407) 514-2000.

The Pier Aquarium
Offer free admissions to teachers.

Ringling Museum of Art
Teachers receive reduced admission prices when touring the beautiful Ringling Museum in Sarasota. Visit Ringling for complete details.


If you are an active, certified teacher in the state of Florida, Legoland is giving you a FREE standard annual pass. You will need your most recent paystub, Florida photo ID and teaching certificate to receive your pass but who cares! The FREE annual pass, which is normally $129 will be free for Florida teachers.

For the thirteenth year, SeaWorld Orlando thanks teachers by offering a Teacher Study Pass to all active and certified K-12 grade school instructors. The Study Pass allows unlimited admission to SeaWorld Orlando now through 12/31/2011, with no blackout dates. Getting the “Study Pass” is easy. Teachers simply bring their Florida teaching certificate, recent paystub and photo ID to any ticket window at SeaWorld Orlando’s front gate. There they can purchase discounted admission for family and friends. More details can be found at SeaWorld

South Florida Museum
See the Museum, Planetarium and Aquarium at your own pace to prepare for your field trip. Simply show proof of ID at the admissions desk for free admission. Family and friends are welcome but will be required to purchase their admission(s). Offer good during regular business hours-visit South FL Museum (Bradenton)

Wet ‘N Wild Teacher and Staff Appreciation
In thanks to you, for everything you do, Wet ’n Wild would like you to enjoy SPLASHtacular savings! Check out the details by clicking on the tab to the left called Wet 'N Wild Teacher Deal for presentation at the gate.


Join Sonny’s RU Smokin’? Club online and receive a $5 coupon off your next meal of $25 or more. Visit Sonny's for complete details.

Barnes & Noble Educator Discount program
The Educator Discount card is free to all who qualify. You can enroll in our Educator Discount program in any Barnes & Noble retail store, as well as Bookstop, Bookstar, Doubleday, and Charlesbank. The In-store and online discount is 20% off the list price on selected items. The items must be suitable for student or classroom use. Please note that when you apply, you will be asked to provide a valid school/institutional photo ID to confirm employment.

Dell EPP

Florida Teachers now receive Members Only pricing on all personal PCs from Dell, and Exclusive Members Only elite offers (up to 30% OFF list prices for select configurations of Dell consumer PCs). Order now by calling 1-800-695-8133, or by purchasing online at Dell . To receive your exclusive discount over the phone Florida Teachers must mention Member ID# KS51647439.  If you find a better deal on a new Dell home system anywhere on the http://www.dell.com home website, call an EPP specialist to beat the current Dell Home PC price and receive your Best Price Guarantee!”

Discounts for Teachers
My Education Discount is an online directory of retailers offering education and teacher discounts. Simply click the retailers below to see what discount is currently available. Visit My Education Discount for complete details. Remember to check My Education Discount before you buy anything online. Enjoy!

Educational Savings and More from Teacher’s Pet
Teacher’s Pet and More, Inc., a provider of quality educational materials, is proud to offer all Florida teachers a 10% discount on any purchase order placed in any of our store locations or save 15% on any purchase order placed online. Pickup your orders locally for free, or have them shipped to your location for a small handling fee. All customers are eligible to participate in our frequent shopper program which allows you to save up to 10% on your purchases! Visit Teacher's Petfor more information and to take advantage of these exciting offers. Please use coupon code “FLDOE10” during checkout.

AMSOIL Synthetics
Receive discounts of 20-25% off of AMSOIL Synthetics retail prices. To receive a wholesale price list of AMSOIL products, please send an email to wholesale@2Lu.be wholesale@2Lu.be . To order, call 407-951-4781 AMSOIL Synthetics has been producing super-premium synthetic oil since 1972 and was the first company to offer extended drain intervals up to 25,000 miles. Today AMSOIL produces lubrication products for cars, trucks, diesels, motorcycles, ATVs, marine, 2-cycle, racing and more. AMSOIL operates a regional warehouse in Orlando. Members may pick up their order at the Orlando warehouse after receiving order confirmation or have their order shipped via UPS at very reasonable rates negotiated by AMSOIL. To order, call 407-951-4781

ArtSkills was founded in 1987 in Easton, PA. It is a family owned company with a commitment to bringing quality and innovative poster making and art materials to our customers. To create an account and see if you qualify for $25 worth of supplies for teachers visit ArtSkills.

Jo-Anns Fabrics and Crafts
Teachers—show your teacher ID and receive an annual discount card that includes a one-time 20% off purchase coupon and 15% off everything throughout the year.

The Limited

The Limited offers a 15% discount for educators and students at any Limited with a valid education ID. The education discount cannot be combined with any other coupons, but is good on sale and in-store promotions.


At Ann Taylor Loft, we love teachers. We’re dedicated to making it easy for you to look fabulous and for supporting the endeavors to which all teachers commit themselves in every classroom, at every school, everyday. For complete details visitAnn Taylor Loft Teacher Deal.

Mobile now offers a 15% monthly discount on qualified monthly charges to all Florida Public Employees including teachers. Employees with existing T-Mobile service can get to the discount program by calling (877) 453-8824 and asking for the 15% State of Florida employee discount using Node 4025529. The Florida Public Employee program rolls up to the State of Florida 15% discount. You must agree to extend your contract for two years in order to receive the discount.

One Cup Connection
Shop for Keurig brewers & one cup coffee accessories, the largest selection of K-Cups at the best prices you've ever seen! Enter coupon code FLDOE at checkout to receive 10% off. Discount cannot be combined with other offers. Expires 12/31/2012

Overstock.com has extended a 10% discount to Florida Teachers—check out Overstock.com for some great deals! A new office desk, end table, or vanity? We have yard d├ęcor, futon mattresses, fashion jewelry, baby furniture, and SO much more! Use the discount code 121728 to receive your 10% discount and 202234 for free shipping on electronics! …and remember shipping is just $2.95 for EVERYTHING else!

Sihle Insurance Group, Inc.
Teachers and staff save up to 20% on your auto and home insurance! Since 1974, Sihle represents many of Florida's top rated insurance companies chosen for their strength and cost. We offer a selection of coverage, limits and deductible options that allow FL teachers to customize protection packages to fit their unique needs. We represent Travelers, AAA, The Hartford, Nationwide, GMAC, Progressive, Metlife, Chubb, and many more! Call 407-474-4880 or click on our link Sihle

Receive 10% off fine jewelry at Since1910.com. (Excludes designer jewelry). To receive this offer, use the coupon code "Floridateach10" and check out using a .edu e-mail address. Learn more about Since1910.com at Since 1910.

Four Seasons Sunrooms
Four Seasons Sunrooms by Distinct Design, Inc. 10% on all Four Seasons Sunrooms projects (May include sunrooms, conservatories, lanai enclosures, solariums, room additions and window replacements) For Discount Details, see: Four Seasons Sunrooms Teacher Discount


Gaylord Palms Resort
Gaylord Palms Resort is dedicated to honoring Florida teachers, faculty and school administrators for their hard work and devotion to impacting students' lives. We're excited to continue our Florida Teacher Appreciation rate of $99 now through December 31, 2011. We invite you to share this exclusive offer with your peers. Orlando is the perfect destination for educators, with various teacher specials being offered by area theme parks and attractions. More information on Gaylord Palms Resort. To book your stay, visit: Gaylord Palms Use code TEACH11 when booking!

Amelia Island Thanks Florida Teachers
In appreciation of the state’s hard-working educators, Florida’s Amelia Island is offering special rates and discounts to all Florida teachers. In partnership with the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, four of the island destination’s award-winning accommodators are offering deals that put teachers at the head of the class. Amelia Island

Holiday Inn Express-Siesta Key/Sarasota
Summer special for Florida Educators at this hotel located 1 mile from Siesta Beach, the #1 Beach in the US! Rates start at $69 per night plus tax and include hot breakfast, microwave and fridge in every room, heated pool and hot tub. For more information, please click on the link or contact our front desk toll free - 800-930-4439 - mention the Florida Teacher's Special Rate. See you soon! Holiday Inn Siesta Key Deal

Comfort Inn Oceanside – Deerfield Beach
Teachers and Family Special Family rates from $65.00 plus tax. Call (866) 866-2326 or (954) 428-0650 for complete details. Be sure to ask for “Teachers Special Rate.”

Comfort Suites Sawgrass
Our all suite hotel is ideally located near restaurants, shopping, and major exits. With free deluxe breakfast, free high speed internet, spacious suites, heated pool and hot tub, you are assured an enjoyable and relaxing stay. Present your teacher ID when making your reservation. Call and ask for the special rate for Teachers (954) 343-1322 OR gm.fl656@choicehotels.com . Comfort Suites Sawgrass

Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld
Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld would like to salute teachers by extending our “Heroes Salute” promotion to them as well as the armed forces and first responders. After all Teachers are Heroes Too!
The rate is 50% off our best available rate (subject to availability) through summer.

Do you need to get away? Our hotels provide great comfort, affordable rates and great locations. Visit our web site at DP Hotels, select your property, and ask for the Teacher rate when making your reservation.

Galleria Palms Hotel
Galleria Palms Hotel would like to thank teachers for all you do. To show our appreciation, we invite you to take advantage of our Teacher Appreciate Rate and save 20% on your next stay, plus complimentary daily breakfast. Enjoy all the thrills and excitement that Orlando and Kissimmee has to offer. Refer to the code TEACH. To learn more, visit Galleria Palms

Holiday Inn Express - BradentonBradenton’s Holiday Inn Express, located at I-75 and SR 64, is offering teachers a special rate of $75 per night from May 1-September 30; the offer includes a complimentary breakfast buffet. Guests need to call the property directly at (941) 757-5556. For complete details visit Holiday Inn Express Bradenton

Holiday Inn Express Juno Beach/Jupiter
A boutique resort, steps from the beach. Each room has its own private balcony with a view of the ocean or our heated pool & tropical courtyard. To book a reservation please call and ask for the “West Palm Beach.com” rate of 5/1/11-12/31/11 $79.00. Toll free: (800) 272-6380 Hotel: (561) 622-4366 or visit us atHoliday Inn Express Juno Beach13950 US Hwy 1, Juno Beach, Florida 33408

Omphoy Ocean Resort
Preferred Hotels and Resorts,Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Teachers & Educators can enjoy a discount of 30% Off Room Rates through September, American Breakfast for Two Daily, and 20% Off Resort Dining.

ResortQuest is proud to now offer a 15% discount for teachers and educational staff. Stay two or more nights at select ResortQuest properties from Gulf Shores, Alabama to Panama City Beach, Florida, and receive a 15% discount. Call 588-208-2029 and ask for promotion $EDCU

The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach
Special Florida Teachers rate of $199.00 per night plus 11% tax. Our special 2011 Promotional Rate to all Florida Teachers gives you and your family the opportunity to experience a family friendly ocean front beach resort and Eau Spa by Cornelia. This promotion includes a Resort View Room (1 king or 2 double beds) and valet parking for one car. The special rate is available during May 4, 2011 – September 30, 2011 (this promotion is based upon availability at time of booking and cannot be combined with any other offers). To make reservations please call The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach room reservations at (561) 533-6000 (refer to rate code: TEAP). You must show a valid Florida Teachers or Florida District ID upon check in.

Sheraton Sand Key Resort
We would like to welcome all State of Florida Teachers to our island, where our backyard is the Gulf of Mexico. Sink your toes into 10 acres of powder-white sand at our exclusive beach resort located on Clearwater Beach. The Sheraton Sand Key is offering teachers extra special rates from June 1, 2011 until the end of the year - $129.00 Single/Double plus 12% tax per room per night. Children 18 years and under stay in the same room at no extra charge and No Resort or Parking fees are added on. Rates are subject to availability. Please Call Reservations at 800-456-SAND and ask for the "Florida Teacher's" special rate. More hotel information on our website at Sheraton Sand Key

Sheraton Suites Plantation
We are introducing our Summer Teacher Package. In appreciation of your service we are offering a special Service Salute Getaway with a special 50% discount*, just for you! *Valid Education Employment ID required at check-in. Based on availability, valid through December 31, 2011. Find and book Sheraton Suites Plantation.

Steinhatchee Landing Resort
Steinhatchee Landing Resort is offering a 50% discount for teachers who want to get away during their Spring Break this year. Stay four or more nights in any of the resort’s 50, one- to four-bedroom cottage accommodations and receive 50 percent off your entire stay. The discount can save guests anywhere from $280 to $764 for a four-night stay (depending on booking dates and cottage type). For complete details visit Steinhatchee Landing. To book this special, call toll-free (800) 584-1709 or (352) 498-3513. You must mention “We Love Teachers” when booking. *Subject to availability. Some restrictions may apply. Savings will reflect on final bill at checkout.

Hope all you teachers enjoyed this list of "perks". If you know of anymore, feel free to contact me so I can update this posting. Again, we appreciate all that teachers do for our most valuable treasure....our kids. Thank you!

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