The beginning of a new year is is the best time to get inspired by stories that truly have a long-lasting impact on motivating people to be their best selves. DualLanguageSchools.org is intended to be a place for teachers, educators, and parents to learn from one another in creating the most bilingual, biliterate, diverse world, we possibly can. That is why for January's Teacher of the Month, we have selected Mishelle Jurado.
Mishelle is described by her students as being "a loving, hardworking woman, with a great family. I feel as if I am one of her own daughters, and she treats all her students as her own. She influences every single one of us to keep striving for success and to be proud to be able to speak Spanish. She helps every single one us to grow as a person." By her peers, she is described as "... well respected by all of her colleagues, and her classroom and school is always open to people wanting to learn from her and her students experience." Mishelle has been teaching for 15 years, has served on committees and advocacy groups that drafted and passed the Seal of Biliteracy act in 2013, and serves on the board of DLeNM. Because of her plethora of accomplishments, we are more than ecstatic to feature Mishelle as our January Teacher of the Month!
My students are changing lives every day.
How long have you been involved in education?
I have been a teacher for the last 15 years in Albuquerque Public Schools in three different high schools. In my early twenties, I worked as a bilingual preschool teacher and headed a bilingual after school program. I have taught Spanish, Spanish for Bilinguals, 10th grade Spanish Language Arts, and AP Spanish Lit(12th grade) and Language (11th grade).
What was your biggest influence in becoming an educator?
My husband is the driving force behind why I do what I do. He does not know that, but it is true. He came as a teenager to the United States in the 1990's and did not get what he deserved in our school system. Today I try to provide what he should have gotten. Teachers who gave him every possibility to make the choices in life to excel at whatever he would have wanted.
Continue reading to find out the impact Mishelle has made on her students..