Juliana Urtubey is the 2021 National Teacher of the Year. She is an educator at Booker Elementary School in Las Vegas where she co-teaches in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade special education settings. She also serves as an instructional strategist developing schoolwide multi-tiered systems of supports (MTSS) for academic, social-emotional, and behavioral interventions. During her 10 years as an educator, she has also been a special education teacher at Crestwood Elementary School in Las Vegas.
Juliana is a National Board Certified Teacher. She holds a BA in elementary education with bilingual education certification and an MA in bilingual special education, both from the University of Arizona.
Juliana was a member of the inaugural class of Understood Teacher Fellows in 2018–2019. She continues to serve as a Mentor Fellow to other teachers in the fellowship program — guiding them on their own journeys to support students who learn and think differently.
To read and learn more about Juliana’s work, visit these resources:
- English language learners in special education: 4 things to know about partnering with families
- La importancia de que las familias hispanas participen en la educación de sus hijos
- This back-to-school season, Understood is supporting family-educator relationships
- "Going through struggles together": Family connections in tough times
- Supporting Latinx families in special education decisions (Understood Teacher Fellowship capstone project)