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As Teacher of the Year, I’ve learned how to tell classroom stories that resonate with people both inside and outside of the field of education. Writing and speaking have taken on a new purpose, as I’ve learned to be vulnerable in sharing my growth. I can honestly say that I would not be the educator, facilitator, mentor, and individual that I am today without the growth that I’ve experienced this year.
— Jessica Solano, 2017 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.