#GetCarded with the 2021 National Teacher of the Year

National Teacher of the Year for 2021 Shares the Power of Your Free Library Card

In celebration of Library Card Sign Up Month, the 2021 National Teacher of the Year Juliana Urtubey, encourages all students to sign up for their library card to enjoy access to hundreds of online resources and tools for school success to help them throughout the school year! Take the #GetCarded Challenge during Library Card Sign Up Month through September 30 and enter our giveaway for a chance to win your own #GetCarded T-shirt!


A passionate educator and advocate, Juliana Urtubey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bilingual Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in special bilingual education from the University of Arizona. Ms. Urtubey is a National Board-Certified Teacher (Exceptional Needs Specialist, Early Childhood and Young Adults). Currently, she is a hybrid educator at Booker Elementary School in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she serves as a co-teacher in pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade special education settings and as an instructional strategist developing a school-wide Multi-Tiered System of Supports for academic, social-emotional, and behavioral interventions. Previously, she taught special education in the resource setting at Crestwood Elementary School. 

She is warmly known as “Ms. Earth” for her work in beautifying the school and advocating for and unifying the school community with gardens and murals. Ms. Urtubey is a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Teacher Fellow, a Nevada Teach Plus Senior Policy Fellow, an Understood Teacher Fellow and mentor, a Nevada Department of Education Superintendent Teacher Advisory Cabinet member, a National Board Network of Accomplished Minoritized Educators founding Board member, and a learning facilitator with the Nevada National Board Professional Learning Institute. She is a recipient of the 2019 Chicanos por La Causa Esperanza Latina Teaching Award, a recipient of the 2019 Hispanic Education Association of Nevada Teacher of the Year, and a 2018 Rogers Foundation Heart of Education Winner.


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