About Kristen

District Mentor Coach

I work daily to support beginning teachers – both alternatively certified and education majors – mentoring teachers at different schools throughout the county. I am a member of the Florida Teacher Lead Network, the Santa Rosa Education Foundation Board, the Take Stock in Children Board, and a variety of committees at the district and school level.

Kristen White

Kristen White – My Story

District Mentor Coach

My grandmother always stated, “Teaching is in your blood.” As I grew older, I realized she was right! I come from a family that has a very strong educational background, so I was blessed to see the impact teachers make in the lives of children. Seeing the difference my family made, I was inspired to join the education field (after all, it was in my blood). In 2006, I graduated from the University of West Florida with a degree in Elementary Education and a desire to change the world- one student at a time. After graduation, I was hired as a Kindergarten teacher at East Milton Elementary. Soon after I started teaching, my desire to learn and become the best teacher possible sent me back to the University of West Florida for a master’s degree in Reading Education (K-12).

I spent nine, glorious years in Kindergarten: teaching hundreds of amazing five- and six-year-old students and learning valuable lessons from them. I then spent three years working as an Elementary Interventionist and STEAM Lab Instructor for students in grades Kindergarten through Fifth grade. In 2017, I had the opportunity to join the Florida Teacher Lead Network. The Teacher Lead Network provided coaching on my instructional practices and helped me develop skills to mentor colleagues. As I learned new information and became more knowledgeable, I felt it was my calling to share with others. I have a passion for leading professional development and collaborating with my colleagues. This passion led me to becoming a Mentor Coach for the District. I enjoy mentoring beginning teachers. I strive to provide guidance, encouragement, constructive feedback, and individualized support.

Throughout my career, I have learned from amazing professors, colleagues, and leaders. Their influence helped shape me into the educator I am today. I hope that I can impact other teachers the way my mentors impacted me. As a Mentor Coach, I love that I can help beginning teachers discover their potential and become more capable and confident. By helping new teachers grow and shine, we are ensuring success for the students of Santa Rosa County!

“Thank you, Kristen! I appreciate everything you have done for me. You have been an amazing mentor and friend to us all.”

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Why Work With Me?

I believe that teaching is one of the most important careers in our society. As teachers, we have an influencing role in the life of every student. I would love to work with you on your journey to be the best teacher possible!

Qualifications & Awards



  • M.Ed. Reading K-12 University of West Florida, 2010
  • B.A. Elementary Education University of West Florida, 2006
  • Florida Professional Certifications
    • Elementary Education K-6
    • English for Speakers of Other Languages (Esol), Endorsement
    • Prekindergarten/Primary Education Age 3 – Grade 3
    • Reading K-12


  • 2006-2015 East Milton Elementary, Kindergarten

  • 2009, 2010 East Milton Elementary, Summer VPK

  • 2008-2011, University of West Florida, East Milton Elementary SES Lead Tutor

  • 2011-2012 University of West Florida, SES County Coordinator for Santa Rosa Schools

  • 2015-2018 East Milton Elementary, Elementary Interventionist and STEAM Lab Instructor

  • 2018-Present District Mentor Coach


  • Santa Rosa County School District Teacher of the Year, 2018

  • East Milton Elementary School Teacher of the Year, 2018

  • FL Governor’s Shine Award Recipient, 2017

  • East Milton Elementary School Math Teacher of the Year, 2015

  • East Milton Elementary School Rookie of the Year, 2008

What I Can Do For You

Lesson Planning

Observational Feedback

Lesson Modeling

Small Group Instruction


Data Analysis

Student Grouping

Alt. Cert. Teacher Support

Emotional Support







6032 Hwy. 90, Milton FL 32570

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