LAURA BOOKER is currently a law student after her own experiences with bullying and the legal system. Laura was arrested after confronting the bus driver of her daughter, who was experiencing bullying. Laura had remained nonviolent in the confrontation and used her arrest as a way to recognize the issues that confront bullies, victims, and adults who are in a position to stop it. She believes that kindness, forgiveness, and compassion are the keys to living a full and enjoyable life.
DORINA SACKMAN has been teaching non-native English speaking students for the past 14 years. She treats her classroom as a stage for children to celebrate their diverse backgrounds while still learning English. Her proficiency in five languages helps her to communicate with parents to help facilitate involvement in their child's education. Her classroom expertise earned her not only recognition in her school and district, but throughout the state of Florida as she was the 2014 Florida Teacher of the Year as well as a national finalist. Dorina believes in a world where every child deserves a quality education. Therefore, Miss Sackman is a strong proponent of culturally responsive teaching, open communication, and community involvement.
VALERIA (VAL) BROWN is currently a Professional Development Specialist for Seminole County Public Schools. Prior to that position, she taught Language Arts at Jackson Heights Middle School. During her time there, her energy and passion for he students earned her the recognition of her peers and ultimately her district as she was honored to be Seminole County's 2013 Teacher of the Year. To Val, kindness is about the power it places in each of us to see others and to not be consumed within oneself. Kindness is easy and it should be spread.
ALEX PEAVEY is an undergraduate student at the University of Central Florida earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California where he is completing a summer internship with Principato-Young Entertainment. Alex is an Ambassador of UCF’s Interfraternity Council and a six-year volunteer with the Orlando Fire Department Explorer program. He received a Jefferson Award for Community Service in 2012 and has been a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Recipient since 2013. Alex has a passion for giving others a reason to smile and believes that even the smallest act of kindness can change someone’s day.
ADAM SHERMAN is currently an English teacher at Spoto High School in Hillsborough County. Adam began teaching in 2007 at Lake Brantley High School and it was his Leadership class that began TBK. While teaching at Lake Bratley, he was honored by his colleagues and ultimately his District as he became the Seminole County 2014 Teacher of the Year. To Adam, the powers of kindness can change the world. the more kind we are, the more likely to look at the world through a positive lens. Sometimes all it takes is a change in perspective
DONEA SMEATON is happy to be a newer addition to the TBK family. She has been a Training and Development Coodinator with CSL Plasma since August of 2014. She was drawn to CSL after leaving the cubicle life in search of something that would benefit the greater good, and she excels due to a drive to help people become the person that they would like to be. She believes that the simplicity of kindness can have a monumental impact, and she is excited to bring TBK's message to Philadelphia in the coming months.
ALLISON WRIGHT is a recent graduate of the University of South Florida and is currently an English teacher at Spoto High School in Riverview, Florida; the same school she graduated from. She graduated with the distinction of high honors in the Suncoast Area Teacher Training & Research (SCATTER) program at USF. She has a passion for helping all students see the values in kindness and the values within themselves that make them great. Allison has a need for engaging in deep, meaningful conversations and spreading kindness around her classroom, school, and life.
EMILY ARMISTEAD is currently a student at the University of Central Florida and is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. Emily was one of the driving forces behind the start of TBK as a member of Lake Brantley's 2011 Leaderhsip class. Emily was always an influential friend and role model as she earned the respect of her peers in high school as winning both Homecoming and Prom Queen. Emily spreads joy everywhere she goes and believes that a smile and laughter create a more enjoyable life for everyone around her.
TIFFANY SHERMAN is the wife of our founder. In just two and a half years, she has grown from an Assistant Center Manager to an Associate Director of Operations and Quality for CSL Plasma. Within CSL, she has brought the TBK movement to her centers where the staff participate in "TBK days" by promoting kindness in the community. Tiffany has spent much of her life exploring new places in the U.S. Including Ohio, Florida, California, Colorado, Tennessee, and South Carolina. These experiences have allowed her the opportunity to meet a diverse number of people and to become someone who values the differences the world brings. Kindness is important to Tiffany because the world can only become better when we share our love with others.
CASSANDRA (CASSIE) MATTISON, a National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescent English Language Arts, graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in English Education 6-12 ('04) and a M.A. in Reading K-12 ('07). During her tenure aa a teacher, she was honored twice by Spoto High School as teacher of the year and went on to be recognized as the 2013-2014 Hillsborough County Teacher of the Year. Her spirit of kindness is seen in her school and community involvement with acts of service and leadership and through teaching her students and colleagues to find value in themselves and each other because she believes they all are capable of their own greatness.