Juliana Urtubey is the 2021 National Teacher of the Year. She’s taught in special education settings and developed a schoolwide, multi-tiered system of supports. In 2022, President Biden appointed her to the President’s Advisory Commission on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics.
She has shared widely about “joyous and just” education, including at the White House and Harvard University, and has made national and international media appearances. In 2021, she was featured on the cover of People magazine’s “Person of the Year” issue, representing educators.
A National Board-Certified Teacher, she holds a BA in bilingual elementary education and an MA in special bilingual education from the University of Arizona. She’s a member of the board of directors and a teacher fellow for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.