Dorina Sackman-Ebuwa is the 2014 Florida Teacher of the Year, and a Finalist for National Teacher of the Year. She is a leading authority on teaching English Language Learners, and has spent the past 20 years face-to-face with students of diverse backgrounds at the elementary, high school and college levels. An expert in building solid relationships that result in successful learning experiences for students and teachers, Ms. Sackman-Ebuwa believes connection, creativity and community make up the true learning experience. Because of this philosophy, she began her company B.E.L.I.E.V.E.!®LLC and travels the country and parts of the world as a motivational educational speaker presenting research-based workshops on empowering educators to B.E.L.I.E.V.E.!® in themselves and the students they teach. She is a consultant for several school districts in the United States with a high ESOL population and uses her fluency in five languages and enthusiastic and innovative trainings to help educators “Reach then Teach” their English Language Learners. Dorina is currently earning her doctorate in adult learning and the brain so as to further her goal of creating even more relevant and successful professional development for all teachers and their different learning styles. When not traveling, Dorina is working on her 27-acre ranch. One of her many philanthropic goals is to create a non-profit self-sustainable ranch to provide children an educational after-school haven for STEM in agriculture and equine and bovine therapy. Miss Sackman-Ebuwa states, “Never EVER EVER give up on a kid, and you teach them to never EVER EVER give up on themselves; that is…if you truly B.E.L.I.E.V.E.®!”. This is the acronym she created that reminds teachers to believe in their students by first believing in the power of their teaching: B.E.L.I.E.V.E.®!”Be the Educators who Lead to Inspire and Empower Via Excellence. Do you B.E.L.I.E.V.E.®?
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We are a network of State Teachers of the Year and Finalists who use our teacher leadership to ensure that every student receives an outstanding education. We do this through our focus on practice, policy and advocacy.We Believe...
- Every student has a right to a high-quality education, regardless of background, race, gender, disability or socio-economic status.
- To achieve educational excellence for all students, we must transform and support the teaching profession.
- It is imperative that we involve our nation’s expert teachers in conversations about improving education.
- Teacher leaders will transform the teaching profession and create, implement and sustain systems to solve our toughest educational challenges.
- We must prepare our country’s future workforce to be competitive in a global economy and participate in a diverse, democratic country.
- Educators must partner with families and communities on behalf of our nation’s children.
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with Michael Dunlea
Michael Dunlea, 2012 NJ State Teacher of the Year Finalist, shares how he inspires students’ love of reading through engaging read-alouds
with Dorina Sackman-Ebuwa
Dorina Sackman-Ebuwa, 2014 Florida State Teacher of the Year, shares how she provides genuinely differentiated instruction that meets her ELL students exactly where they are.
Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8