Juliana Urtubey became the 2021 National Teacher of the Year and got a surprise visit from the First Lady of the US, Jill Biden.
As the education shifted from schools to online classes, teachers adopted different methods to spread knowledge. The curriculum revealed how learning difficulties, distractions, and challenging home dynamics can make it tough to adhere to a rigid curriculum. The silver lining in such tough times is the teacher who adapts to flexible methods to teach his/her students. One such teacher Juliana Urtubey was awarded the National Teacher of the Year 2021.
The First lady of the US, Jill Biden made a surprise visit to congratulate the new National Teacher of the Year during her three-state visit in Las Vegas. Juliana Urtubey said in a statement, “We, as teachers, are much more open to this self-paced learning, this flipped classroom, which has been an invitation for students who think and learn differently.”
- Juliana Urtubey’s mother was a civil rights lawyer, and her father was a musician. Urtubey’s parents used to volunteer at the school she used to study in. Her mother taught the subject of Spanish and her father took music lessons for students. Later her family moved to Phoenix when she was 7.
- Juliana Urtubey comes from a bilingual background as she did her bachelor’s in bilingual general education and a master’s degree in bilingual special education from the University of Arizona.
- Not only the National Teacher of the Year, but Juliana Urtubey also holds the honour of being the Nevada Teacher of the Year in the year 2021.
- Urtubey’s approach to teaching is unique as she approaches a student holistically. She focuses on the interests, hobbies, family structure, and community and understands what they will need and how to find their strengths.
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