Dr. Krista Holland, professional learning scholar, has been an educator in NC for nearly three decades, most recently in New Hanover County Schools, before joining the Friday Institute. Her career spanned from classroom teacher to assistant principal to principal; she also served as director of PreK programs in her district for two years and as a middle grades ELA consultant at the Department of Public Instruction. Krista has received multiple honors, including NHCS Principal of the Year in 2018-19 and the Dissertation of Distinction award from High Point University in 2021. She served as president of the New Hanover County Principals and Assistant Principals Association (NHCPAPA) from 2018-2020. Her passions include professional development, educator resilience and the experiences of women and school leaders of color.