2022 Maine Teacher of the Year - Kelsey Stoyanova

Kelsey Stoyanova, 2022 Teacher of Year

Kelsey Stoyanova is an 8th-grade language arts teacher at Reeds Brook Middle School, part of Regional School Unit 22, in Hampden, Maine. Stoyanova has a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with an English concentration, a Master’s Degree in Education with a literacy focus, and is working toward her Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership -- all as a University of Maine Blackbear.

Stoyanova is passionate about reading and helping students find an authentic love of reading through integrating a strong foundation of independent reading in her classroom. That passion really shined when she was selected as a grant recipient by the Book Love Foundation in 2020.

As an advocate for student involvement in curriculum creation, Stoyanova became the RSU22 Middle-Level Language Arts Curriculum Leader -- working to audit, align, and enhance the curriculum. She serves on the Equity in Education Committee where she designed and implemented the RSU22 Reads Three Reading Challenge for students and community members to participate in thus far highlighting BIPOC authors and characters, women in literature, AAPI voices, Hispanic and Latinx award-winning titles, and LGBTQIA+ authors and characters.

In addition to these roles, Stoyanova is sought out as a technology enthusiast, mentor, and loves to share and design creative projects and assessments with her colleagues in all content areas. After school, you can find her going on outdoor Maine adventures with her family, or with her nose in a book which she will undoubtedly talk about in class tomorrow.

Proud University of Maine Black Bear!