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My journey as Teacher of the Year has been an amazing experience. It has pushed, stretched and challenged me as an educator. I have learned that being vulnerable is not a sign of weakness and how to use personal experience to share my message. I have also learned that I share a vision of a high quality education for ALL students with so many others across our state. Connecting with these passionate educators has definitely been one of the highlights of my year.
— Joy Prescott, 2019 Florida Teacher of the Year


life as a teacher begins the day you realize that you are always a learner. 


Christa McAuliffe, 9/2/1948 - 1/28/1986

Christa McAuliffe, 9/2/1948 - 1/28/1986

Our Mission

To honor and recognize excellence in teaching, support continued learning for all educators, and highlight the importance and impact of the profession. Selecting a Teacher of the Year is meant to celebrate the thousands of outstanding professional educators in Florida schools, not to single out any individual as the best teacher in Florida. As the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education, the teacher of the year has four main objectives:

1.  Recognize and honor the contributions of Florida's teachers;

2. Create greater public awareness of Florida's exceptional teachers and the profession;

3. Inspire and motivate future and current teachers;

4. Enhance the personal and professional development of the teacher of the year candidates through professional learning opportunities.