Mrs. Kristy Spear, Advisor
Kristy Spear grew up in Miami and moved to Gainesville in 2004. Before joining the Honors Program, she spent several years in human resources with responsibilities ranging from training and development to global faculty recruitment. Capitalizing on the experience she gained in HR, Kristy transitioned to a role in career services. As the Assistant Director for Career Development at the Career Resource Center she designed and implemented programs to aid students in career exploration and preparation. Many of these programs were presented at national conferences and used as model initiatives at other institutions. Kristy’s interest in career development may be attributed to some of her unique employment experiences- ballroom dance instructor, Scareactor at Halloween Horror Nights, and pyrotechnician to name a few.
Kristy served as the chair of the Advising High Achieving Students Community through the National Academic Advising Association from 2016-2018 and is currently a member of the Steering Committee. She is the recipient of the Professional Advisor of the Year Award for the office of Undergraduate Affairs and has won the Outstanding New Advisor and Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate awards at the University of Florida.
Kristy earned an interdisciplinary B.S. degree from the University of Central Florida with a focus on Health and Communication and graduated with a minor in Hospitality Management. She received her M.Ed. from the University of Florida in Educational Leadership. Kristy is currently completing her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Educational Technology and will receive a certificate in Digital Humanities. For her dissertation she is exploring first-year high-achieving students' beliefs about online courses.
Kristy can answer questions regarding: The Honors Program, General Advising, Honors Professional Development, Student Honors Organization, Luminaries, Honors First Generation Mentoring Program, and Honors Internship Credit.