Lyndsey Matheny: Vero Beach teacher among 5 finalists for Florida Teacher of the Year

Citrus Elementary math and science teacher Lyndsey Matheny rose to the top of her class Tuesday after she was named one of five finalists for Florida Teacher of the Year.

Matheny, 28, got the surprise news during a school assembly. Students and teachers thought the assembly was to recognize the school’s efforts with the March of Dimes and Jump Rope for Heart.

Matheny was named Indian River County’s teacher of the year earlier this year. Born and raised in Vero Beach, Matheny has taught for two years at Citrus. Her six-year teaching career includes four years at Samuel S. Gaines K-8 Academy in Fort Pierce