Urtubey National Teacher of the Year giving a free public presentation on July 26

July 7, 2022

By Kari Dickinson

The UW-Madison School of Education Early Career Institute will host a public address by Juliana Urtubey, National Teacher of the Year 2021, on Tuesday, July 26 at 4 p.m.

Juliana Urtubey, National Teacher of the Year 2021

The following presentation and reception are held at Varsity Hall in Union South, and are free and open to the public. However, registration is mandatory. A live streaming option is also available.

The Council on Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) National Teacher of the Year program identifies outstanding teachers across the country, recognizes their effective work in the classroom, engages them in a year of professional learning, and amplifies their voice.

As the organization’s 2021 National Teacher of the Year, Urtubey spent a year representing educators and serving as an ambassador for students and teachers across the country. She advocates for a “joyful and fair education” for all students, an education that is inclusive and celebrates the identity, families and communities of all students.

A board-certified educator with 12 years of experience, Urtubey teaches at Kermit R. Booker, Sr. Innovative Elementary School in Las Vegas, where she is a co-teacher from pre-K through fifth grade at special education and as a teacher. strategist developing materials to meet the different academic, socio-emotional and behavioral needs of students.

Known as “Mrs. Earth” for her efforts to beautify schools and unite the community through murals and gardens, Urtubey helped raise money for gardening programs at two Las Vegas schools. a program, the garden was maintained by the student club “Garden Gnomies” and provided opportunities for innovative learning for students and intergenerational learning and connections to the wider community.

The 2021 Selection Committee said in a statement: “Juliana is a dedicated educator who has fostered the growth of her students and a greater connection to her community through her innovative school garden program. She aims to uplift others, a true example of a teacher with an trump mentality that aims to help people see their own strengths.

Urtubey is the first National Latinx CCSSO Teacher of the Year since at least 2005 and the first from Nevada.

The Early Career Education Institute, a program of the School of Education’s Office of Professional Learning and Community Education (PLACE), is a week-long intensive in-person learning experience for K-12 educators who are School of Education alumni. . This year’s institute will take place July 25-29.

Learn more about the Early Career Institute and the public address by Urtubey. Please register by July 19 to attend the presentation and reception.

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