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Central Florida teacher is state's new Teacher of the Year

Photo: Gautum Arora
Photo: Gautum Arora

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A teacher from central Florida is the state’s new Teacher of the Year.

State officials named Krista Stanley as the 2021 Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year on Tuesday.

Stanley is a sixth grade teacher at Yearling Middle School in Okeechobee County.

Stanley will receive a $20,000 check and an $8,000 scholarship to present to a student of her choice.

Four other finalists will each receive $15,000. Each of the local districts will receive $10,000. Stanley was chosen from among more than 176,900 Florida public school teachers.