From Brian Rippet, President of the Nevada State Education Association:
"In a year that was easily one of the most challenging in all of our lives, Juliana Urtubey, NBCT has made a profound difference in the lives of her students as well as her community. Juliana (or Ms. Earth as she is known to many) is the epitome of what it means to be an educator. From her focus on educational equity, community gardens and murals, and social and behavioral growth, she is an inspiration to her students as well as a role model for all educators seeking to make a difference in the lives of our children in Nevada. The NSEA Family is extremely proud to have her representing our state and our union.”
From Becky Pringle, President of the National Education Association:
“Juliana embodies our core values that public schools and educators should inspire imagination, cultivate curiosity and critical thinking, and ensure all of our students can thrive and live fulfilling lives no matter their race, background, ZIP code or ability.
“She is working to nurture these values today and grow tomorrow’s inventors, artists, leaders, and, yes, educators. To Juliana, teaching is much more than a job. It’s a calling as she strives every day to connect with every student to discover their passions and potential.”
“On behalf of the NEA’s more than three million members, we congratulate Juliana for nurturing a love of learning, helping students grow, and setting expectations for students that best meet their learning needs. Her work paves the way to ensure a better, brighter tomorrow for all of our students, no exceptions.”
The NEA/NSEA family is excited for Juliana to spend the next year serving as an ambassador for public education and advocating for all educators and students at the state and national level.