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Tina Sabatello

Position: Chemistry Teacher
School: Maine East High School
School District: Maine Township District 207
City, State: Park Ridge, IL

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Tina Sabatello was nominated by her colleague, Jane Harmon.

"Tina and I met at an AP Summer Institute in Palos Verdes, California," said Sabatello. "She was behind us when we were checking into the hotel, talking a mile a minute about how excited she was to be learning everything new about teaching AP chemistry. She is amazing!

Ms. Sabatello not only teaches chemistry, but she also coaches tennis and is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and GEG Chicagoland Teacher Leader. She is totally motivating, very passionate about teaching, and a godsend in these distance learning days. She goes way beyond helping with technology in her own district, too! 

"Last summer, we held an informal gathering of teachers and invited one of our tech support leaders as well," said Harmon. "Tina generously offered to put together a training for the teachers and taught us the basics of Pear Deck, Google Classroom, Google Docs and much more. We stay in touch with Tina and recently had an Uberconference to discuss how to prepare lesson plans for our high school students. Because of Tina, our transition to online learning has not only been very smooth, but enjoyable!"

"Tina lives 2,000 miles away from me, but you'd never know it," said Harmon. "Her easy-going personality and eagerness to help others makes it very easy to give her a ring whenever anyone needs help. She is truly a LifeChanger!"