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Education Is Key

To Benefit the Social Responsibility Initiative at the Glazer Children’s Museum

On April 12, Glazer Children’s Museum is hosting the 7th annual Education Is Key Breakfast featuring a keynote address on Developing Life-Ready Leaders by Sean Covey, renowned author and president of FranklinCovey Education. The event is presented by Pepin Family Foundation and benefits Glazer Children’s Museum’s Social Responsibility Initiative, which strives to ensure that every child in our community can play with purpose. Each year, the event honors one educator and one student in Tampa Bay who exemplify leadership and compassion in their schools and community. To align with the theme of the keynote address, the awards committee will be looking for nominees who have demonstrated the qualities described in Sean Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. And new this year, the event has expanded to include an award honoring a community leader. The award nominations will open shortly.

Sean Covey is a business executive, author, speaker, and innovator. He is President of FranklinCovey Education and is devoted to transforming education throughout the world through a principle-centered leadership approach and school transformation process called Leader in Me which is now in over 4,000 schools and 50 countries, including several in Hillsborough County. Sean is the author of best-known titles The 4 Disciplines of Execution, The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make: A Guide for Teens, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. To learn more about the Leader In Me program, visit

Glazer Children’s Museum believes that every child deserves the chance to play with purpose and develop as a lifelong learner and leader. To ensure the Museum is accessible to everyone, the Museum relies on generous contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations. The Education is Key Breakfast raises crucial funds for the Museum’s Social Responsibility Initiative. Through the Social Responsibility Initiative, the Museum provides over $470,000 worth of programs and resources to children and families who need it most, including free and discounted admission, scholarships for field trips and camps, sensory-friendly programs, and more. To learn more visit

At the Glazer Children’s Museum, we believe that every child deserves the chance to play with purpose and develop as a lifelong learner and leader. To ensure the Museum is accessible to everyone, GCM relies on generous contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations to achieve our goal of social responsibility. Together we provide over $470,000 worth of programs and resources to underrepresented children and families including free and discounted. To learn more, please contact Ryan Gonzalez at


2019 Education is Key Honorees

Outstanding Educator Julie Sparks from Dover Elementary School, Grade 4

Julie exemplifies what it takes to develop life-ready leaders by empowering students in the classroom to set goals, work on time management, solve problems, and develop the persistence that is required to meet challenging goals. Through the use of literature and student reflection lessons, her class rises to challenges together to support each other and create their personal bests. The Florida Department of Education named her as the 2015 Elementary Reading Teacher of the Year for her masterful knowledge of literature and children.

Outstanding Educator Carly Salemme from Lanier Elementary School, Grade 2

Carly models the core ideals of a Leader in Me educator through her creativity, vision, and social & emotional awareness. Carly continuously builds leadership within her school by mentoring both teachers and students. She uplifts her kids with Shout Outs, a unique routine of daily verbal praise and compliments in peer activities. In addition, she mentors students grades 3-5 as student role models. For her achievements, she was recognized as the 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year in her school.

Outstanding Student Margaret Oladokun from Muller Elementary Magnet School, Grade 5

Margaret is seen as a leader in the eyes of both students and educators. She has been part of the Student Lighthouse Team and is a STEM fair winner, peer math tutor, discussion leader, and choreographer. Born in Nigeria, Margaret has overcome many cultural barriers. Her continued use of self-regulation strategies encourages her to be her best self and creates positive synergies with others. Margaret advocated for her school to hold a school-wide Talent Show and created an application process for students to emcee, help backstage, and judge. She truly sees the world for all its opportunities.



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Social Responsibility Partner 




Gold Sponsors MendelKiss: Mendelson & Hotchkiss Families | Sarah & Brooks Watkins Family Foundation



Silver Sponsors Bast Financial GroupCaspers Company McDonald’s RestaurantsEngage Behavioral HealthKaleo Partners | Tampa Bay Times | Walter Family Foundation | Rivero, Gordimer & Company, CPA’s and Advisors

In-Kind Sponsors Bay Bouquet Floral Studio | Blind Tiger CoffeeFranklinCovey Education | Hillsborough County Public Schools | Kendra Scott | Kirby Rentals, LLC | Mandalay Video Productions | Michael Blitch PhotographySaltBlock Catering Co. | The Production Crew