Horace Buddoo is an educator, speaker, & author.
From the first day he stepped into the classroom as a substitute teacher back in 2003, Horace Buddoo knew that it was the beginning of a lifelong and rewarding journey in education. He is originally from Jamaica but has lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for most of his life. Horace has been recognized by many media outlets such as NBC6 and National Public Radio (NPR) for his contribution to education but one of his most treasured recognition was when he received a Mayoral Proclamation from the City of Pembroke Pines for his work as a Master Teacher in 2013.
Horace has been very active in educational consulting at the state level. He has served on the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) Mathematics Achievement Level Description Panel, the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) Standard Setting Educator Panel, and the FSA Mathematics Item Content Review Panel. He is also a part of the "Leadership in Education'' panel which is run by Leadership Florida and funded by the Helios Foundation. This 34-member panel includes accomplished superintendents, school board members, principals, teachers, state education department professionals, education foundation representatives, association leaders, business partners and other public officials around the state of Florida. Horace was also involved in the “Better Lessons Master Teacher Project”, which is a project that was funded by the Gates Foundation. The goal of this project was to write mathematics curricula that reflected the changing education standards that were adopted by the majority of the United States. Horace was able to get one step closer in his commitment to the education process in the United States by going to Finland to study their world-renown educational system first hand back in 2017.
Horace has also collaborated with the University of Michigan's Graduate School of Education in their "TeachingWorks'' program. This project aims to improve teacher training by researching and modeling highly impactful and effective teaching. TeacherWorks also seeks to provide resources for pedagogical improvement aimed towards new teachers as well as seasoned teachers. Horace was selected by Legacy Magazine as one of South Florida's "40 under 40 Leaders of Today and Tomorrow" Honorees in 2017 for his leadership in education.
Horace is currently the director of the Growlight STEM Program at Breakthrough Miami. This organization uses a unique “students-teaching-students” model to create a rigorous, vibrant learning community, where highly motivated, traditionally underrepresented 5th-12th grade students are supported to achieve post-secondary success and emerging leaders are inspired to become the next generation of educators and advocates.
Horace is a cum laude graduate of Florida International University in Miami, FL. He has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Sociology and Anthropology and a Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction. He also has an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership.
Horace has given numerous talks and led numerous workshops on teacher education. With a passion for success, helping others and making the world a better place, Horace Buddoo infuses these principles into his teaching, his speaking, and his educational consulting.