Florida Teacher of the Year
Top-4 Finalist, National Teacher of the Year
Nationally Recognized ELL Teacher for Over 20 Years
Dorina Sackman-Ebuwa is the 2014 Florida Teacher of the Year, and a Top-4 Finalist for National Teacher of the Year. A nationally recognized ELL teacher for over 20 years, she is also known as The Lab Coat Teacher and affectionately “Miss Dorito” by her students. With her unique teaching style, Dorina has spent the past 21 years empowering ALL students of diverse backgrounds at the K-12, college, and adult learner level. An expert in building solid relationships that result in successful learning experiences for students and teachers, Ms. Sackman-Ebuwa strongly believes that culturally relevant teaching, connection to content and community, and EI over IQ make up the true learning experience.
Dorina takes her ELL classroom experiences, collaborative teacher workshops, and doctoral research (she’s almost finished!) on emotional intelligence and travels the globe as a “teacher on loan” inspiring, motivating, and empowering teachers, future educators, and the teaching profession. From innovative, personalized professional development filled with successful and differentiated strategies to authentic “real talk” about teachers leading, Dorina Sackman-Ebuwa encourages all educators to B.E.L.I.E.V.E.!® – Be the Educators who Lead to Inspire and Empower Via Example!
When not wearing the many hats of an educator, Dorina dons a Stetson and works on her ranch, tending to her beloved rescue and special needs cows, goats, horses, chickens, miniature ponies, and floppy eared rabbits, Paula and Coelho.
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~Melissa Haley, Iowa Culture and Language Conference Attendee