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Juliana Urtubey

2021 Nevada Teacher of the Year Special Education Teacher/Instructional Strategist


L. Juliana Urtubey, NBCT is the 2021 Nevada State Teacher of the Year and a finalist for National Teacher of the Year. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Bilingual General and Special Elementary Education and is a National Board-Certified Teacher (ECYA Exceptional Needs Specialist, 2018). Currently, she is a teacher at Kermit R. Booker Elementary where she serves as an instructional strategist and co-teacher for the Pre-K and Special Education departments. Previously, she taught special education resource at Crestwood Elementary in Downtown Las Vegas where she was warmly known as “Ms. Earth” due to her work in beautifying the school with gardens and murals. Juliana is a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Teacher Fellow, a member of the NBPTS Board of Directors, a Teach Plus Senior Policy Fellow, an Understood Teacher Fellow and Mentor, a member of the NVDE Superintendent Teacher Advisory Cabinet, and a professional learning facilitator with the Nevada National Board Professional Learning Institute. She is a 2018 Roger’s Foundation Heart of Education Winner, a recipient of the 2019 Chicanos Por La Causa Esperanza Latina Teaching Award, and a recipient of the Hispanic Education Association of Nevada Teacher of the Year (NV).

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