OKEECHOBEE- On April 7 Florida Teacher of the Year Krista Stanley presented Okeechobee freshman Mykah Stotler with a two-year scholarship worth $8,000.
When Mrs. Stanley earned Florida Teacher of the Year honors back in Aug. 2020, she was also given a 2-Year Florida College scholarship, from the Florida Prepaid College Board, worth $8,000 to present to a student of her choice.
“We came up with all this criteria and I got recommendations from teachers,” said Mrs. Stanley. “Everything Mykah’s teachers said was something I thought about her when she was in my class in sixth grade. Her commitment to continuously growing is like no other. It’s such a privilege to be able to give her this.”
Mrs. Stanley said she had also been the recipient of a Florida Prepaid Savings Plan while in school, adding that it was a tremendous gift that set her up financially for college.
Krista surprised Mykah during one of her classes with the news.
“I was wondering what was going on,” said Mykah on seeing her former sixth grade teacher enter her classroom at the Freshman Campus. “And then she started describing the student and I was wondering if it was me or someone else.”
“Then she said my name and…,”said a grinning Mykah before trailing off.
“And your face has been red ever since,” Mykah’s parent Casey Rogers added, finishing her sentence.
“As a superintendent this is exactly what we want to happen,” Okeechobee superintendent of schools Ken Kenworthy said. “Having high quality teachers in the classroom is one of our goals and that was proven this year with Krista being named Teacher of the Year. Another goal is helping students reach that next level and achieve a post-secondary degree. And Mykah is going to be able to do that.”
“We congratulate her and, as a district, we are so proud of both of them,” Kenworthy concluded.