Dr Jill Biden will host the 2020 and 2021 State and National Teachers of the Year at the White House on Monday to celebrate her talent and commitment to education.

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First Lady, herself a teacher and resumed instruction in person last month At Northern Virginia Community College, all winners will be welcome Council of Chief State School Officers National Teacher of the Year Program – Considered to be the most prestigious teacher recognition program in the country.

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State Teachers of the Year are announced from all 50 states, and one teacher is elected National Teacher of the Year.

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Juliana Urtube receives the honor of 2021, working as a special education teacher for elementary students in Las Vegas. She is a first-generation, bilingual immigrant who “loved school,” according to to CCSSO.

Urtube, who has been a teacher for 11 years, personalized lessons to suit the academic, emotional and practical needs of her students. This can put him everywhere in a school, from struggling with pre-K students to helping fifth graders with science class and strategizing with teachers on how to work with their special-needs students. Is.

She is also known as “Ms. Earth” for her efforts to beautify the school grounds, helping to raise funds for garden programs at two Las Vegas schools.

NS The winner of 2020 was Tabatha Rosproy, a preschool teacher in Kansas who founded a retirement community and an early childhood program inside a nursing home. Rospoy was awarded the honor for his work in bridging the world of the oldest and youngest in his community.

A year into the partnership, the program boasted the highest preschool literacy and math scores in the district. Rosproy also said that his students were “well connected and well loved” and that residents kept him engaged as the children tinkered with them while reading stories.

“Many of them do not live near their grandchildren or have grandchildren,” Rospro said last year. “They felt very fortunate to be close to the happiness and livelihoods of the children.”

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CCSSO said on its website, “Becoming teacher of the year means taking on a year-long advocacy role, speaking at events across the country, “sharing knowledge, advocating for students, raising problems faced by teachers.” and to inspire others to join the profession”.

The winner of the National Teachers of the Year award is usually recognized by the president at a White House ceremony each spring, but events were postponed to both 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.

As a teacher herself, the first lady has had a special association with the programme. Biden, now 70, began teaching English at a Roman Catholic high school in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1976, a year after she met and began dating then-American Sen. He later taught at a psychiatric hospital and at the Delaware Technical Community College.

FILE – First Lady Jill Biden speaks with a student as she visits the Christa McAuliffe School on March 17, 2021 in Concord, New Hampshire. ((Photo via Susan Walsh/Pool/AFP Getty Images)

He earned two master’s degrees and doctorate degrees in educational leadership during those years.

After becoming Joe Biden’s vice president in 2009, she joined the faculty at Northern Virginia Community College. He continued to teach at the college after leaving office and during his 2020 presidential campaign, virtually after the pandemic hit.

Her virtual teaching continued from her office or hotel room in the White House East Wing as First Lady while she traveled to promote the administration’s policies. In early September, she began teaching in person on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

She is the first woman to leave the White House, working long hours for a full-time job.

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This story was reported from Cincinnati. The Associated Press contributed.