ed·​u·​ca·​tor | \ˈe-jə-ˌkā-tər \

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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Originally from the Philippines, Reyes is an art historian, author, educator and master water-colorist who paints representational subjects. David Laurell,, "On the Town: Artist combines landscapes with urban elements," 10 July 2018 Longtime Clermont County educator and board of education member Jo Ann Beamer died July 3. Sheila Vilvens,, "Remembering Beamer, a 'leader in education for Clermont County'," 5 July 2018 The airshow continues Sunday June 1, with Air Force Thunderbirds; rock 'n' roll airshow man Will Allen; Red Bull pilot Kirby Chambliss; aviator, educator and comedian Kent Pietsch; and other world-class high-fliers. Bob Hallinen, Anchorage Daily News, "2018 Arctic Thunder air show takes flight," 1 July 2018 An educator and administrator for 38 years, Glascock said that the key in addressing achievement gaps is having everyone involved accept responsibility. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "Voters to narrow a wide field for Howard school board," 25 June 2018 In response to feedback from educators and parents, CPS has streamlined data collection requirements to give IEP teams more flexibility to make decisions and allow services to be authorized more quickly, Bolton said. Vikki Ortiz,, "CPS students denied special education services amid 'cycle of chaos,' parents say," 19 June 2018 Shakirah Simley is a writer, educator and community organizer who lives in San Francisco. Shakirah Simley, Bon Appetit, "The Harlem of the West: What’s to Become of The Fillmore?," 6 June 2018 The State Department holds events like this fairly often, honoring stand-outs from around the world in categories ranging from educators and young entrepreneurs to women in government and development. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Young change-makers show the impact of soft diplomacy," 3 May 2018 Bevin has received a tremendous amount of backlash for the comment from state educators as well as members of his own party. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Gov. Matt Bevin apologizes for comments slamming Kentucky teachers: 'I hurt a lot of people'," 15 Apr. 2018

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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

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

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