Bre Sambuchino, Teaching Professions Academy instructor at Loveland High School (LHS), is the 2019 Teacher of the Year for State Board of Education District 4 and has advanced to finalist for Ohio Teacher of the Year.
Sambuchino, who initially created and implemented the annual Senior Service Day at LHS, distinguishes herself by teaching her students through community service projects. She believes these projects give students opportunities to lead and find solutions to real-world problems. During the Senior Service Day, still an integral and impactful part of the culture at LHS, every 12th-grader works on a service project. Since 2012, these events have involved 25 community partners and some 6,000 hours of student service.
Sambuchino set up the Teaching Professions Academy at LHS as a pathway for students who want to enter teaching careers. The program won recognition at the 2018 Educators Rising Ohio conference for middle school and high school students aspiring to be teachers. She also teaches a University of Dayton course in service learning for K-12 teachers.
Sambuchino was named the Hamilton County Education Foundation’s Celebrate Excellence Educator of the Year in 2014 and the Career Prep Educator of the Year for Clermont County in 2016. She was a finalist in the Heroes of Character Award program by Character Council of Cincinnati in 2016.
Sambuchino and three other regional Teacher of the Year awardee finalists are now in the running to be named the 2019 Ohio Teacher of the Year later this fall.
“Teachers are at the forefront of Ohio’s charge to create bright, exciting futures for our students,” said Paolo DeMaria, Ohio’s superintendent of public instruction. “The Ohio Teacher of the Year program recognizes inspiring educators who elevate our public education system and ensure real world success for our students.”
The Ohio Department of Education invited school districts in State Board District 4 to nominate teachers for the regional award. Pat Bruns, State Board District 4 representative, worked with a committee of educators, parents and business leaders to select Sambuchino.
"Bre's commitment to student development is her way of life; teaching and service to others is more than a profession – it is a vocation,” Bruns said. “Her passion for service and education is evident every day in the joy she brings to her students. Students will tell you she changes thinking, she changes lives. She is a teacher of the year in every conceivable way."
“As a passionate educator, continuous learner, and school and community servant-leader, Bre is a model for students, staff and our administration,” said Dr. Amy Crouse, superintendent of Loveland City Schools. “She is passionate about instilling a love of learning and serving in her students and colleagues. She is a great teacher who operates with grace and love.”
A panel of education and community stakeholders will select the 2019 Ohio Teacher of the Year who will represent the Buckeye State in the National Teacher of the Year selection, sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers.