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Tarpon Springs, Florida — A band director at Tarpon Springs High School is in the running to become the state's Outstanding Educator of the Year.

Kevin Ford has already won the district award, according to the Tampa Bay Times, and is now one of five finalists for the 2015 Teacher of the Year award.

Ford has taught in Pinellas County for 20 years. He's led the school's band to six national championships and created the Leadership Conservatory for the Arts magnet program at Tarpon Springs High.

The state has not named the remaining four finalists. The winner will be announced at an awards gala in July.

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