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2021 National Teacher of the Year: Special Education Is the ‘Heartbeat’ of Schools

By Emma Patti Harris & Madeline Will — May 6, 2021 3:13

Juliana Urtubey, an elementary special education teacher in Las Vegas, is the third special educator to receive the national honor in the program’s nearly seven-decade history. Known as Ms. Earth, Urtubey has built a school garden, where she leads classes and teaches students about character and growth mindset.

Emma Patti Harris is a deputy managing editor for Education Week who oversees visuals and immersive experiences.
Madeline Will is a reporter for Education Week who covers the teaching profession.
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