Krista Stanley, the 2021 Florida Teacher of the Year, was chosen from more than 176,900 Florida public school teachers and will represent Florida’s 74 school districts as the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education. As the Teacher of the Year, Krista will work to create a greater public awareness of Florida’s outstanding teachers and elevate the teaching profession. She will have the opportunity to promote and celebrate the countless contributions of Florida’s teachers, provide professional learning opportunities to educators and inspire current and future teachers across the state. 

Krista graduated from Florida State University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. After graduating, Krista, a product of Okeechobee County Schools, returned to the district to serve as a sixth-grade math teacher at Yearling Middle School. Over the past four years, Krista has developed her teaching practice and become a leader at her school and within the district. She is a coach for her colleagues, a mentor for new teachers, a team leader for the other sixth-grade teachers and a district math representative. In addition,Krista supports her colleagues through curriculum development, textbook adoption and professional development. 

Using a standards-based approach, Krista has a passion for not only supporting other teachers, but also choosing the most effective instructional practices to ensure all her students receive a high quality education. She works diligently to instill a love of learning in her students by connecting learned skills to the real world. Krista advocates for an individualized instructional model that best meets the needs of all students regardless of their background and ability.

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