Lynette Stant

Lynette Stant

Third-Grade Teacher

Salt River Elementary School

Scottsdale, AZ USA

My 'Plan B'—little did I know—was my calling.


By Roadtrip Nation

Lynette Stant


My road in life has been direct.
I was raised on the Navajo Reservation in Tuba City, Arizona.
Growing up, my parents didn’t speak the Navajo language to us because they were trying to adhere to the school system, which wanted everyone to conform and exclusively speak English.
I didn’t initially plan to become a teacher—I originally went into college thinking I’d become an attorney.
When my daughter was born and I became a single mom, I decided to pursue my backup plan and become a teacher.
Within a few years of teaching, I had developed a passion for it and knew that it was my calling.
In 16 years of teaching on the Salt River Indian Reservation, I’ve been focused on positively impacting and showing representation for Indigenous students and our community and culture.
I was honored as the 2020 Arizona Teacher of the Year—I’m the first Indigenous woman to hold this space in the history of the award.
Keep following my journey


Third-Grade Teacher

I teach third grade and I am the 2020 Arizona Teacher of the Year.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

My day starts at 6:00 a.m. when I check my work email. Then, at 7:45 a.m., I teach my first virtual class of the day. From 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. is my planning time with my third-grade team. We'll evaluate data, prep, and plan. After that, I teach two more virtual classes. I have two hours in the afternoon to connect with students and families one-on-one. Then, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., I allow time for my Teacher of the Year work and planning.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for professionals

My advice for new teachers is to understand that your year is going to be difficult and that's okay. What you learn in college is not completely reflective of what your career as a teacher will look like. Be open to failing because it happens sometimes. Just roll with it, shake it off, and get back in the game. If teaching truly is your passion and calling, you'll be just fine.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I failed my interview for Teacher of the Year. I'm not going to get it. Indigenous people don't hold those spaces."

Challenges I Overcame

Single Parent
Work Stress