Director of Speaker Relations and Engagement
Horace Buddoo
Director of Speaker Relations and Engagement

Horace Buddoo is an author, educator, speaker, and  communications coach.

From the first day he stepped into the classroom as a substitute teacher back in 2003, Horace Buddoo knew that it was the beginning of a lifelong and rewarding journey in education.  He is originally from Jamaica but has lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for most of his life.   Horace has been recognized my many media outlets such as NBC6 and National Public Radio (NPR) for his contribution to education but one of his most treasured recognition was when he received a Mayoral Proclamation from the City of Pembroke Pines for his work as a Master Teacher in 2013.

Horace has been very active in educational consulting at the state level.  He has served on the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) Mathematics Achievement Level Description Panel, the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) Standard Setting Educator Panel, and the FSA Mathematics Item Content Review Panel.   He is also a part of the "Leadership in Education" panel which is run by Leadership Florida and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This 34-member panel includes accomplished superintendents, school board members, principals, teachers, state education department professionals, education foundation representatives, association leaders, business partners and other public officials around the state of Florida. Horace was also involved in Better Lessons Master Teacher Project which is another project that was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal of this project was to write math curriculum that reflecting the changing standard shifts that were adopted my the majority of the United States.  Recently, Horace was able to get one step closer in his commitment to change  education in the United States by going to Finland to study their world-renown educational system first hand back in 2017.  Horace has also collaborated with the University of Michigan's Graduate School of Education in their "TeachingWorks" program.  This project aims to improve teacher training by researching and modeling highly impactful and effective teaching.   TeacherWorks also seeks to provide resources pedagogical improvement aimed towards new teachers as well as seasoned teachers.

Horace has been the organizer and curator of two successful TEDx events. He has coached scores of TEDx speakers and helped them to craft and deliver extraordinary TEDx Talks. Horace is currently working on his contribution to a book entitled “Speak Up: The Ultimate Guide to Dominate in the Speaking Industry”, in which he gives practical advice to those who aspire to step on the TEDx stage.

Horace has recently been selected by Legacy Magazine as one of South Florida's "40 under 40" Honorees for 2017 for his leadership in education. Established in 2004, Legacy, through its distribution partnerships with the Miami Herald and Sun Sentinel Newspapers with a combined readership of over 2 million people.