Joe was AMAZING! His message and delivery were received well by so many of my teachers. The process to secure Joe for our engagement was easy and flawless. Your staff is super friendly and helpful! Thank you so much,
Joe "Mr. D" Dombrowski
An educator giving a spelling test with imaginary words may not seem like the most traditional method of promoting learning, but then again, there isn't much that can be considered conventional in Joe Dombrowski's - or as many know him, Mr. D - classroom.
While Dombrowski had been routinely posting creative, innovative and most importantly, fun ideas to his social media channels he executed in his fourth grade classroom since he began his teaching career, it was one in particular that captured the hearts of 20 million people: the April Fool's Prank seen around the world.
The video he shared connecting to his students through a lighthearted fake quiz with hilariously inventive words (complete with silent letters) left an impact on so many due to the obvious investment of the students, the sheer creativity, humor, and of course, the clear passion of Dombrowski for what he does. In a matter of days the viral video made its way to Good Morning America, had its own "Twitter Moment" and finally, to The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Ellen DeGeneres promoted Dombrowski's appearance on her show's social media channels by stating, "He may be one of my favorite teachers ever." Once on the show, DeGeneres praised Dombrowski when she said his lessons filled with laughter would make his students not only remember him, but what they were learning. Dombrowski also used his platform to speak about selfless teachers across the country using their own money to create a topnotch education experience.
Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Central Michigan University, where he was a Featured Student Teacher Spotlight Spring 2012, Dombrowski took up a residency as an improv comedy artist at Go Comedy Improv Theater. His comedic timing and improv studies have translated into the classroom. His teaching approach with humor lends itself to make the curriculum material relatable and less intimidating. He continued this residency through graduation from Oakland University with a Masters in Educational Leadership, High Honors.
Dombrowski has been highlighted on the Kelli Pickler & Ben Aarons Show where he discussed his love for education and humorous teaching style. Dombrowski speaks internationally and enjoys speaking to crowds of all walks of life, helping them reconnect to the joy of life through laughter. Joe tours with his stand up comedy show "Indoor Recess and also hosts his own podcast called Study Hall with Mr.D covering a range of topics. He can be found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as @mrdtimes3 and on YouTube as Joe Dombrowski.
Joe "Mr. D" Dombrowski
Featured Keynote Programs
School Culture not School Vulture
We’ve all known that “School Vulture”… the one that just sits around, arms folded, waiting for something to fail and then pounces on it… But, Mr. D will prove that certain strategies and the power of fun, laughter, and engagement can influence and transform the climate of any building. In this keynote, Mr. D encourages you to create a fearless learning environment where teachers, staff, and administrators realize that without risk there is no reward. We must stop asking "what will go wrong" and start asking "what will go right!"
Keep it REAL. Keep it FUN. Keep it UP!
Mr. D has studied the art of improv comedy for years. With that said, it's no surprise that his classroom experiences can be quite comical. His goal for education is for students to WANT to be in school rather than HAVE to be in school. In this keynote, Mr. D shares stories, strategies, and practices of how he maintains a high level of engagement, fun, laughter, and rigor in the classroom. If, even by just a small amount, we can increase student laughter while they are learning, we will start to see a deeper engagement and understanding of our instruction! If there is anyone that can be a model for fun in the classroom, it is Mr. D!
If I'd only known!
It is no secret the World of Education has a retention problem with Educators. Much like our students, if WE are not engaged in the school, lifting other teachers up, and receiving support from our mentors our likelihood of "Dropping Out" increases significantly. This session will go through strengths and struggles that Mr. D has endured to become the passionate educator he is today. Join him as he highlights the essential skills it takes for a new teacher to be successful and make a positive name for themselves in this rewarding career we call "teaching."
Technology in the Classroom
Technology in the classroom can be an extremely daunting implementation for many teachers, especially those who have earned their seniority. Joe's message encourages the audience to start small and use what you already know to enhance your technological abilities. He always dissects the in's and out's of social media and how it can be used in education to help teachers build unbelievable classroom experiences while at the same time keeping money in their own pockets!
Joe, I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for being YOU! So many times we see educators not truly be themselves or make their original mark. It's so outstanding to see an educator that is true to themselves. So thank you for not being afraid to show the world who you are as a person and teacher. Secondly, thank you for telling our students the truth. Students need to know exactly what its like to be a teacher. I love that you are honest and share real life events with them
Mr. Joe Dombrowski presented at our Teacher to Teacher Tech Rally. We would welcome him again any time!!! This was an event for teachers to help them understand and become excited about integrating technology into their classrooms. Mr. Dombrowski was engaging and fun in his sessions. He circulated throughout the room and helped engage all the teachers, some of whom were nervous about the topic. He is able to speak to a wide range of participants.
The world needs more teachers like you, and you are a true example of why teachers deserve much more than they are given. You will be the teacher that your students will remember for the rest of their lives. Bravo
My favorite part about you is the amazing inspiration you must be to your co workers! So many of our teachers are losing faith and the will to teach such unruly youth. I bet you're like an amazing cup of coffee/hot chocolate to some! What a stand up good guy you are. Don't ever change Mr D. Well done sir, well done.
"Over the years I've introduced you to a number of incredible teachers, and this one [Dombrowski] is one of my favorites."
In 20 years of working with improvisers, I've never known anyone quite like Joe Dombrowski. His ability to connect with the crowd and perform at such a high intensity level is unrivaled. From the second his foot hits the stage he owns the room and I've never seen him fail to win over a crowd. His beaming personality is electric and his energy could fill the Coliseum. Joe cannot be ignored - such an incredible talent.