LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Jessica Ebinger

Position: World Language Teacher
School: Delsea Regional High School
School District: Delsea Regional School District
City, State: Franklinville, NJ

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Jessica Ebinger was nominated by her colleague, Michele Hill.

Ms. Ebinger's unwavering commitment to her students and school are remarkable. She is always the first person to offer help and lead many activities at school. She always has the best interest of students and staff at heart.

"I admire the passion and energy that Jess exudes for teaching and her students," Hill said. "Jess teaches multiple levels of students in two different languages. I truly don't know how she keeps it together, but she does magnificently! What sets Jess apart from other teachers is her undying thirst for information on how to improve her craft. She is extremely self-reflective, and she shares her insights with colleagues and inspires them to be better teachers. We are all better because of Jessica!"

When it comes to students, Ms. Ebinger has a knack for reaching all of them. She meets them where they are and befriends them to build long-lasting and positive relationships. Every year, there is a group of students who seek her guidance, support and inspiration. They call her classroom "home."

"I am so happy to nominate Jessica Ebinger as a LifeChanger," Hill said. "She has changed so many lives already, and I know that she will continue to be a champion for her students. Jess was born to be a teacher!"



Comments (25)


Erin Collins Posted 11 months ago

Mrs. Jessica Ebinger has been one of the best educator that I have had the privilege of learning with during my academic career. Mrs. Ebinger was my Spanish teacher for freshman and sophomore year of high school. When I first entered Delsea High School, Mrs. Ebinger was the only teacher I had spoken to before my very first day. She had helped me over the summer with an assignment and I sought her out on the first day when I was lost. Since then, she has been my go to teacher on more than one occasion. Whether it be issues in school with homework, testing, or issues with friends and relationships, she has heard all of the stories. By now, she has probably become accustomed to me coming into her classroom needing time to vent, and not once has she ever not listened. She is someone who is easy to talk with, especially because you know she is listening. I strongly believe that Mrs. Ebinger possesses all of the characteristics that make the best people and best educators so memorable and important. For example, she would never willingly let a student leave her room not understanding a topic. She would go over the same thing twenty times if that is what the student needed. She asks for feedback to help improve her teaching style so that all her students will benefit. She amazes me. She is able to not only speak two other languages that are not native to her, but she teaches them. Mrs. Ebinger teaches not for memorization but for learning. She sparked my love for the Spanish language and since then I have not wanted to stop learning about it. She showed me how it can be used outside of highschool, which is one of the main reasons I continue to study it. When I leave high school, she is one of the people that I will miss the most. I am so happy I was able to write this, I’ve always wanted to express my gratitude towards Mrs. Ebinger and her teaching abilities. I’m glad I had the opportunity to help tell everyone else how wonderful she is. Her commitment to her job, her passion for teaching, and her desire for children to learn are only some of the things that make her a life changer. I hope to one day have the impact on other people that she has had on me. Mrs. Ebinger truly is a life changer, she changed mine for the better, and for that I thank her.

Connor Moore Posted 11 months ago

"Signora Eb" was luckily my Italian teacher for the 4 years that I had attended high school. I never saw myself taking 4 years of a language and I only did it because Eb was going to be my teacher. I can say that the only reason that I had an AP class my senior year was because of Eb and the way she teaches, cares for her students, dedicates her time to her students, and encourages her students to succeed and use their knowledge. Some students in my Italian 4AP class wanted early release for our Senior year and when we received the email, basically saying that we could either take Italian with Eb and stay the full day or leave early, we were left with a big decision. However, out of all of the students that wanted early release we all stayed for Italian class for Eb. After working around the flaws of this we figured out that we could take Italian and then leave school after we were finished. However, we would not leave after Italian, we would stay in her classroom during her prep and during some of her classes. Getting to sit through some of her Spanish classes(1,and 2 Honors) as well as Italian classes(3H, 4AP) all year had made me realize how difficult it really is switching from speaking Spanish period 4 to speaking Italian period 5. The hard work and dedication that must be put into this is something that separates Eb from everyone else. Eb had such a big influence on my life I would go as far as calling her my second mom. Eb had taught me more than Italian, and some Spanish; she had taught me things that are glued into my brain and that had and will continue to change my life.

Erin Collins Posted 11 months ago

Mrs. Jessica Ebinger has been one of the best educator that I have had the privilege of learning with during my academic career. Mrs. Ebinger was my Spanish teacher for freshman and sophomore year of high school. When I first entered Delsea High School, Mrs. Ebinger was the only teacher I had spoken to before my very first day. She had helped me over the summer with an assignment and I sought her out on the first day when I was lost. Since then, she has been my go to teacher on more than one occasion. Whether it be issues in school with homework, testing, or issues with friends and relationships, she has heard all of the stories. By now, she has probably become accustomed to me coming into her classroom needing time to vent, and not once has she ever not listened. She is someone who is easy to talk with, especially because you know she is listening. I strongly believe that Mrs. Ebinger possesses all of the characteristics that make the best people and best educators so memorable and important. For example, she would never willingly let a student leave her room not understanding a topic. She would go over the same thing twenty times if that is what the student needed. She asks for feedback to help improve her teaching style so that all her students will benefit. She amazes me. She is able to not only speak two other languages that are not native to her, but she teaches them. Mrs. Ebinger teaches not for memorization but for learning. She sparked my love for the Spanish language and since then I have not wanted to stop learning about it. She showed me how it can be used outside of highschool, which is one of the main reasons I continue to study it. When I leave high school, she is one of the people that I will miss the most. I am so happy I was able to write this, I’ve always wanted to express my gratitude towards Mrs. Ebinger and her teaching abilities. I’m glad I had the opportunity to help tell everyone else how wonderful she is. Her commitment to her job, her passion for teaching, and her desire for children to learn are only some of the things that make her a life changer. I hope to one day have the impact on other people that she has had on me. Mrs. Ebinger truly is a life changer, she changed mine for the better, and for that I thank her.

Bridget Hopp Posted 11 months ago

Mrs. Ebinger was my Italian teacher all four years of high school. My first impression of her was that she was extremely patient, considering there were numerous kids who tried to push her to her absolute limit and she always stood strong and kept her cool. By Junior year of high school I found myself in mrs. Ebinger’s room every day any time of the day I was allowed to be there. Her classroom eventually became like our home away from home. She always made us feel welcome whenever she was around. My senior year was a rough year, I gave up on school and I gave up on myself but Mrs. Ebinger never did, she constantly pushed me to do the best I could because even though I was frustrated at the time I grew to understand that she pushed because she cared and wanted me to know that even if I didn’t believe in myself she believed in me. Every time I thought of giving up she pushed me to keep going and reminded me that she was there if I needed someone. I can genuinely say that no one in my life has had as much of a positive impact on my life as Mrs. Ebinger. I went to Italy in June after graduation with her and other staff/students and I never understood my ability until I was thrown into a situation where I had to speak and understand Italian. The fact that I could blew my mind, and Italian is the one thing I will never forget from high school. I even decided to double major in Italian in college so I can hopefully become fluent. So not only did Signora teach me Italian, she let me know she cared during one of the toughest times in my life. She taught me how to push myself and to never give up no matter how rough things get. I couldn’t have asked for a better role model going through high school or a better teacher and I will always be grateful that she made high school worth remembering. I know she will always create relationships with her students and help them grow in more ways than just academically. Her hard work and dedication to her job and her students shows in each one of the graduates that continues to find their way back to her classroom when they aren’t busy and each one of the students who she impacts on a day to day basis. She changed my life, and I am confident that her heart will always be in her job.

Karleigh Odore Posted 12 months ago

When I saw that Jessica Ebinger was nominated for this award I was so happy and excited that other people have also recognized what an amazing teacher and person she is. The title “Life Changer of the Year” could not be any more fitting. I can personally attest that she has indeed changed my life. I first met Jessica as a freshman in high school. Over 6 years later, we are still in contact with each other. Jessica Ebinger was a huge part of my high school career. She was my teacher, club leader, and eventually an incredible friend. I know that it is cliche to say that I don’t know how I would’ve made it through high school without her, but it’s true. Well, I probably would’ve made it through.. but I definitely would’ve came out a different person and I would not have found my passion for foreign languages. Jessica Ebinger helped me through a lot of hard times during high school. From schoolwork to personal things, she was always there. When it was time to figure out what I wanted to study in college, she played a huge role in my decision. She inspired me to want to study to teach Spanish and for that I am forever grateful. I truly can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award than Jessica Ebinger.

Sherry Posted 12 months ago

As a parent to one of her past students I can honestly say that Mrs. Ebinger deserves any and all of recognition you see here. She really dedicates her time & energy to the students (past & present) & builds relationships that lasts beyond their high school experience. She has a remarkable way of separating her professionalism in the classroom & the friendships & trust she builds with her students. I hope that Mrs. Ebinger wins but can honestly say that she is already a life changer to so many without holding the title in this contest. Best of luck! PS...Mrs. Hill (the woman who nominated her) is pretty amazing herself!

anthony gambino Posted 12 months ago

Mrs. Ebinger’s position as previously stated is “world language teacher” but in the 7 years that i’ve known her, she has taught me far more than foreign language. During my freshman year, my will to excel in my academics fell short as I had a bigger passion for making a fool of myself in front of my classmates for attention. Due to the surprising number of friends in my Italian class, instructed by Mrs. Ebinger, I was overwhelmingly confident in my “art” and most would say I was out of hand at times. Mrs. Ebinger was the very first of my teachers to issue me a detention for my behavior, and since then I’d like to thank Jessica Ebinger for whipping me into shape. I would say she’s the first person to look past who I portrayed myself as and was able to awaken the willful learner I hid inside. Since freshmen year of highschool, Ebinger and I had a strong bond and we both knew that I could go to her for questions of any matter. Ebinger’s will to make an impression on her peers is as radiant as the summer sun! I’ve witnessed the positivity she exudes in any manner of life to many people and I can truly say I would not be who I am today. It’s great that she’s a teacher, a friend, a wife, and a mother because she has such a vast window of opportunity to change someone’s life for the better.

Eshika Patel Posted 12 months ago

Io voglio bene a Mrs. Ebinger! Mrs. Ebinger made me love taking a language. Before taking Italian, I would always dread language classes because of all the repetition and eventually it would become boring. But freshman year, I took Italian so that I could have a taste of something new and I never regretted a second of it. Mrs. "Eb" has been a big part of my life since freshman year. I took her Italian 1 and 2 Honors classes and loved every second. Unfortunately, I was unable to take Italian 3 Honors because of a scheduling conflict, and I realized I missed Italian and Mrs. Eb's teaching. She made me fall in love with the language itself, and prompted me to go on the France/Italy trip. We had a blast on the trip, and even though I didn't get to take Italian 3H that year, I was able to remember key phrases and words to speak the language while we were in Italy. It showcases Mrs. Eb's spectacular teaching, because after a year, I could still remember a lot of the language. Because of her unwavering faith in me, I was able to skip Italian 3H and go to Italian 4AP my senior year. It is a very small class, but it is very beneficial. She patiently helps me through all the materials I missed from Italian 3H and apply it into my sentence structure and make my speaking more fluent. If I don't understand something right away, she gives me time to work it through with her. I'm very grateful to have a teacher like Mrs. Eb; she is someone who makes relationships with her students that last a lifetime.

Kelsi Noble Posted 12 months ago

Mrs. Ebinger was my Spanish teacher freshman year, my advisor for Renaissance Club and Future Educators of America, and still a friend today (3 years post graduating). Having Mrs. Ebinger as a teacher, she made learning enjoyable. Not one class was lecture and listen. We were always active and participating in our learning. She made lessons exciting and memorable, which is what made me come to love Spanish, so much so to study it in college and use it in my future career. As an advisor, Mrs. Ebinger always showed us that we were the reason for the club and we were capable of being active members. All of the club meetings and events were student-run. I was also fortunate enough to travel to Italy and Puerto Rico with Mrs. Ebinger as part of our school language trips, which are offered annually. Having this experience with her there made it that much more memorable. She is incredibly intelligent and I was able to learn so much from her during these experiences. I wish her all of the best in this nomination and will always see her as a LifeChanger!

Chris Ebinger Posted 12 months ago

I could not be more proud of my wife, Jessica Ebinger. I have the honor of watching her teach every day with our daughter, Elizabeth. Jess was made for this career. She’s a natural. She is the epitome of what a life changer should be.

Rick & Cathy Ebinger Posted 12 months ago

We are so proud of our daughter-in-law Jessica. She is well deserving of this honor in being nominated for the LifeChanger of the Year award. Her knowledge of the two languages she teaches, Spanish and Italian, is impressive. Even more impressive is her dedication to her students. She devotes countless hours to devising creative learning experiences for them. As many of them have testified, she is always there to help them, whether they are her students or not. Her door is always open, even during her “free” time. This is the mark of an excellent teacher. This caring is part of her personality and can be seen not only in her classroom, but with her family too. She is a caring and loving mother and wife. Congratulations Jessica!

Anna Papiano Posted 12 months ago

Jess Ebinger is truly a LifeChanger! I have had the privilege of witnessing her in action as a colleague and also as a parent of a former student. She exudes so many important qualities of a high school teacher: patience, trust, and understanding. Students gravitate towards her, not only as she teaches; they seek her advice both in and out of the classroom. Jessica always acts in a professional manner, while building strong relationships with her students. She amazes me with how she is able to encourage students to look inside themselves for answers on the questions teenagers ponder. Jessica's teaching does not go unnoticed either. When my daughter took Italian for the first time in ninth grade, the students ended up on shaky ground due to the absence of their teacher due to illness, and the substitutes were not effective Italian teachers. Jessica did an amazing job with them the following few years as she worked to enhance their foundation and used a variety of instructional methods to move the students forward to where they needed to be on the honors and AP track.

Reagan Pender Posted 12 months ago

Mrs. Ebinger, better known as “Ebs,” made such a lasting impression on me in high school, that I am still in contact with her, and it is my senior year of college. She was my homeroom teacher and Renaissance club advisor. This demonstrates how far her reach extends. She does not just change students lives while educating them, (by teaching not one, but two languages) but also connects with students through clubs and homeroom period. Mrs. Ebinger has mastered the art of forming a personal, yet entirely professional friendship with her students. After school many students, including myself would workout with her, assist her with cleaning and decorating her room, attend club meetings and have after school meals. Despite the challenge of forming bonds with her students, and maintaining the appropriate level of professionalism while doing so, Ebs has found the perfect balance. Her involvement in Renaissance Club, Future Educators of American, foreign language trips every summer and class advisor, confirms her nomination. Although she is the advisor of clubs, she allows the students to run the club, acting as the overseer, rather than micromanaging every decision of the students. Mrs. Ebinger is not controlling, rather she discusses, brainstorms and collaborates with students. She makes it clear she is not there to judge, berate or misuse her authority. She is there to guide. When you walk into her classroom you know she does not allow any nonsense, but as a result acceptance and accomplishments are ever present. Mrs. Ebinger possesses integrity and kindness, which aides her in being an exceptional educator. She is the type of teacher students not only enjoy having in class, but flock to for guidance and support. She manages all of this in addition to being a wife and mother.

Dominique Miller Posted 12 months ago

Mrs. Ebinger is still someone I can go to for guidance and support and I graduated from Delsea three years ago, in 2015. She was always there for her students, even ones she never even had! I never once had Mrs. Ebinger as a teacher in class, but by knowing some of her students I quickly built a bond with her that will never be broken. She cares for anyone who might need it and always makes you feel like a special individual. A true life changer is someone who can see the people who need help, even without having them in class every day. She also always took on whatever was needed throughout the school and put all the passion she had into it. During my time there, even if she was asked to help out clubs she wasn’t a part of, she was always willing to and with a smile. I was lucky enough to call her classroom home, as mentioned above, and know I could still go back to this day. If there was ever a teacher in all of my four years of high school and even now while in my senior year of college that I would nominate for life changer of the year, I would proudly nominate Mrs. Ebinger.

Sean Lauser Posted 12 months ago

Mrs. Ebinger was my Italian teacher for 4 years, and I can confidently say she was my best high school teacher. Throughout those 4 years she has carried out many acts of kindness. On a consistent basis she would lend help to those who needed it, even if it meant that she wouldn't have time for the things that she would like to do. She also tries to adapt her teaching style for each student allowing them to better understand the information. Although I am no longer in high school, I will never forget the impact Mrs. Ebinger has had on me.

Cecelia Trace Posted 12 months ago

Ms. Ebinger has made such a lasting impact that even now, almost nine years later, I am still using the knowledge she has given me. She not only taught me Spanish, but she taught me study and life skills that I continued to use in college and in my Naval career. She is selfless and caring, so much so, that she spent her lunches with students studying and preparing for other classes. She is truly a remarkable human.

William Blakeslee Posted 12 months ago

Having Jessica as my daughter has been a blessing and a privilege. I started by raising her and she ended up teaching me the true meaning of life. We’re all here to make the world a better place and Jessica does that with every student she molds into an adult.

Rita Blakeslee Posted 12 months ago

Jessica was born to teach and always loved helping helping children learn. At a young age she taught her brother and cousins to read and write. She is very enthusiastic about what she teaches and her students enjoy her class. She helps her students not only in languages but in advice for their future educational endeavors. She is very caring. She makes the students want to learn.

Daniel Fiocco Posted 12 months ago

Jessica Ebinger or "Signora Eb" as I know her was my Italian teacher at Delsea Regional High school for all four years that I attended. She also had been my homeroom teacher during my freshman year. Each year that I attended high school she would positevely change my life in many ways, including making me a better student, a better person, and a life-long learner of Italian. Each year Eb would be there for me academically and not just with Italian. I would come to her with concerns for all my classes and she would always give me advice and strategies using her own personal experience to help me succeed. She left a big impression on how I learn as a student and that allowed me to be successful in high school and continue to be successful in college. Eb not only helped me with academics, but supported me in a lot of things outside of school. Something she taught me that I will never forget is how to deal with certain relationships whether it be with family, friends, or even coworkers. She always led me in the right direction and out of that I learned that doing the right thing is not always the easiest thing. One of the most influential ways that Eb changed my life is creating me into a life-long learner of Italian. I have since graduated from High School, but I still find such and interest and passion when it comes to the Italian language. I have the desire to connect what I had learned in school to things that I come across in life. Even at work I try to listen to native speakers and make out what they are saying, maybe even try to join in if I can. I am inspired to take more Italian classes while continuing my academic career and this inspiration comes from Eb. Jessica Ebinger is not only my favorite teacher of all time but is the best teacher that I have ever met. In fact she is one of the best people I have ever met. She has a positive influence on every individual she meets no matter if there her student or not. Jessica Ebinger has changed my life and will definitely be a LifeChanger for many to come.

Olivia Papiano Posted 12 months ago

Mrs. Ebinger was my Italian teacher for three years and has impacted my life in such a positive way. She has the biggest heart I know and dedicates so much time to her students. Whether it is a school related or a personal problem, Ebinger is always there to listen and give valuable advice. I will always admire Mrs. Ebinger and I hope to be just as a good of a person as she is.

Loredonna Fiore Posted 12 months ago

Mrs. Ebinger, or Eb as I call her, is so deserving of this honor. She cares about her students more than any teacher I have ever had and it sure shows. You will never find her room empty, as she’s either helping her students with school work, letting them vent about the stresses that come with school, or giving great/sound advice about everything and anything. She has helped me through so much and I am forever grateful of that.

Christy Posted 12 months ago

Way to go Jess!!! I'm sure your parents are extremely proud!

Tim Morgan Posted 12 months ago

I went into high school not caring about a thing. Three years with Mrs. Ebinger changed all of that. She’s a gifted teacher and believes in you when even you don’t. She helps you in every way and is always there to talk if you need it! She’s 100% the best teacher i’ve Ever had. I’d go back and redo high school just to take her classes again.

Tracie Dzindzio Posted 12 months ago

“Eb” as my son and many other students lovingly call her, was my sons Italian teacher all 4 years. She provided him the courage to go for four years of a language when he no real reason to. Completing his senior year with Italian 4AP, he spent a lot of time in her Delsea “home.” His high school career was complete after joining Jessica & many other teachers and students on a once in a lifetime trip to France & Italy. I truly believe it was her presence and guidance that pushed him to be the best student he could be!

Brooke Johnston Posted 12 months ago

Signora Ebinger made all 4 years of my highschool career comfortable and easy to learn during her Italian class. My junior and senior year of highschool, I found myself spending more and more time in Eb's room every day. We actually came to calling Eb our second mom during school. She taught us so well that every one of us left highschool almost fluent in italian and able to have conversations almost easily. She put up with us acting so crazy everyday during class and stayed strong even on our bad days. I can so so so confidently say that Eb was one of the best things that happened to me during highschool. :)