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Definition of educator

1 : one skilled in teaching : teacher
2a : a student of the theory and practice of education : educationist sense 2
b : an administrator in education

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Synonyms for educator


educationist [chiefly British], instructor, pedagogue (also pedagog), preceptor, schoolteacher, teacher

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Examples of educator in a Sentence

The conference will attract many leading scholars and educators. decided at a fairly young age that there is no more rewarding career than that of an educator

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Yes, leaving education up to states and local school boards carries its own dangers, but outsourcing authority to a private concern—something too many educators and institutions at all levels are already doing—is hardly the remedy. Annie Abrams, The New Republic, "The College Board Hopes to Profit from “Adversity”," 6 June 2019 Over her career, Beamer touched the lives of thousands of children as an educator in both West Clermont and Clermont Northeastern School Districts and as a member of the West Clermont Board of Education. Sheila Vilvens,, "Remembering Beamer, a 'leader in education for Clermont County'," 5 July 2018 My decades of experience in practicing medicine, medical leadership, and as an educator have given me a deep understanding of the issues that face Kentuckians. Nick Hollkamp, The Courier-Journal, "Voters guide: Who's running for Kentucky Senate in the Louisville area," 18 May 2018 The 58-year-old former investment banker and former L.A. Times publisher has years of experience in the financial world but none as an educator. Joy Resmovits,, "Beutner's first day, Cal State's budget, charter money in the governor's race: What's new in education," 15 May 2018 Tuck lives in Los Angeles and most recently worked as an educator in residence at the nonprofit New Teacher Center, which addresses teacher retention. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Political veteran vs. political outsiders in race for California schools superintendent," 8 May 2018 But Dietrich also digs into mainstays of the local scene, such as guitarist Manty Ellis, important both as an educator and as a player; and Mrs. Fun, the dynamic duo of keyboardist Connie Grauer and drummer Kim Zick. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ray Allen, 'Lost Milwaukee' and jazz profiles are subjects of new Wisconsin books," 2 May 2018 These museum events will feature in-gallery talks by curators and more special guests like sexuality educator Ericka Hart and artists Louis Fratino and Vincent Chong. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Come On, Vogue! The Met Museum Will Celebrate Pride Month With a Very Camp Dance Competition," 14 May 2019 Employers, politicians and educators are hammering the message that people need to continuously upgrade their skills because of advancing technologies. Lauren Weber, WSJ, "‘I’m Still Under Construction’; Six Tales of Lifelong Learning," 27 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of educator

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of educator

chiefly US : a person (such as a teacher or a school administrator) who has a job in the field of education

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to take the place or position of

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