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We asked our award winners questions to describe what their award means to them and what advice would they give to new educators beginning their journey.

For our second interview, we spoke with Global Innovation Award Winner, Krysta Bradley.

What’s your title and school location?


Mission Park Elementary School

How many years of teaching?

7 years

What brought you to Salinas City Elementary School District?

I have been a part of SCESD since I was 4 years old! I went to Monterey Park and have lived in the area my whole life. SCESD is where my own children attend school and I can’t imagine being a part of any other district.

What keeps you motivated and inspired on a dialy basis?

My students and their excitement about learning keep me motivated on a daily basis. I love seeing them have an “A-Ha!” moment or the look on their faces when they are sharing something they are proud of. I am also blessed to be a part of a school community that has supportive administrators and parents, teachers/friends that share ideas and support one another, and students who love learning as much as I do.

What does your award mean to you?

This award means so much to me. It has given me drive to do more to push and challenge myself as an educator.

What is the most gratifying thing about your job?

The most gratifying (and in many ways, challenging) thing about my job is doing something every day that matters. I have had several jobs in my life that were less than enjoyable. In this profession, I wake up and look forward to coming to work because I love what I do.

Any advice for new educators?

I would tell a new educator to not be hesitant to reach out for support. We have all been where you are and undoubtedly remember what that first year (or two or three) was like. I would also say to share your ideas; don’t be shy. You have just as much to offer to your school as anyone else.