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 23 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 23 years empowering ALL students of diverse backgrounds at the K-16, 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, connecting content to community, and Transformative Emotional Intelligence (TEI) make up the true learning experience.

As a Certified Transformational Intelligence Specialist, Dorina takes her classroom experiences, collaborative educator workshops, and doctoral research (she’s almost finished!) and travels the globe inspiring, motivating, empowering, and celebrating. 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 Empathy!®

Dorina truly “practices what she teaches” and believes in the importance of living a balanced life of hard work, passion, play, and self-care. Therefore, when not wearing the many hats of an educator, Dorina dons a Stetson and works on her “Franch”, tending to her beloved rescue and special needs cows, goats, chickens, ponies, Sicilian mini donkeys, and barn cat named “Sits-with-eggs”.

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“I have seen you mesmerize an auditorium of full of students, and educate a room full of seasoned teachers. Thank you for all you do!”
~Dr. Kathy Assini, New Jersey Teacher Leader Policy Fellow