LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — National Teacher of the Year Juliana Urtubey was honored at a celebration at Kermit R. Booker Sr., Elementary School Thursday.
Governor Steve Sisolak, U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen, Congresswomen Susie Lee and Dina Titus, as well as educational leaders personally congratulated Urtubey on her award.
Urtubey is the first educator in Nevada to get the recognition as National Teacher of the Year. She teaches special education in grades pre-k to 5th at Booker Elementary in the historic westside neighborhood — an underserved part of the valley.
She served on the superintendent’s supervisory committee during the course of the pandemic and met with the state superintendent weekly voicing concerns from her students.
She’s now in the national spotlight, not only representing CCSD, but all teachers across america. Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara said she’s an example of the American dream.
Urtubey’s family immigrated to the U.S. from Colombia when she was a child.
Some properties on the Las Vegas Strip have agreed to display her picture Thursday after 4 p.m.