Immigrant and Army veteran named Idaho’s 2020-21 teacher of the year | Southern Idaho Education

HAILEY — Spanish teacher and Army veteran Jorge Pulleiro is Idaho’s 2020-21 teacher of the year.

Pulleiro teaches in the dual immersion program at Hailey’s Wood River Middle School. A blue-ribbon panel selected Pulleiro as teacher of the year from more than 170 nominees. He will act as a spokesman for Idaho’s teachers in the coming year and as the state’s candidate for the National Teacher of the Year award.

“For Jorge and his students, learning a language goes far beyond classroom conversations and learning how to conjugate verbs,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra said in a news release. “His work and philosophy exemplify the concept of dual immersion: English teachers absorb Spanish language and culture, and English language learners help and learn from their peers.”

Pulleiro’s teaching career started at age 19, when he began teaching English in his native Argentina. He moved from Buenos Aires to study

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Immigrant and Army veteran named Idaho’s 2020-21 teacher of the year

Spanish teacher and Army veteran Jorge Pulleiro is Idaho’s 2020-21 teacher of the year.

Pulleiro teaches in the dual immersion program at Hailey’s Wood River Middle School. A blue-ribbon panel selected Pulleiro as teacher of the year from more than 170 nominees. He will act as a spokesman for Idaho’s teachers in the coming year and as the state’s candidate for the National Teacher of the Year award.

“For Jorge and his students, learning a language goes far beyond classroom conversations and learning how to conjugate verbs,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri  Ybarra said in a news release. “His work and philosophy exemplify the concept of dual immersion: English teachers absorb Spanish language and culture, and English language learners help and learn from their peers.”

Pulleiro’s teaching career started at age 19, when he began teaching English in his native Argentina. He moved from Buenos Aires to study Spanish translation

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Board of Education races pits newcomer against board veteran

Robert Goldman, a 10-year incumbent on the Marin County Board of Education, is being challenged in the Nov. 3 election by Felicia Agrelicus, a 25-year-old youth program director for Marin’s Spahr Center.

“I’m running for re-election mostly based on my record of accomplishments,” said Goldman, who was elected to his current seat representing Area 4 on the county board in December 2009 and before that served on the Kentfield school board for 16 years.

Goldman, who earned two teaching credentials and a graduate degree in law before retiring as an FBI agent, has been endorsed by Mary Jane Burke, Marin County superintendent of schools, and five of his six fellow board members.

Agrelicus, who works for Marin County’s only community agency devoted to serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, said, “I believe in educational equity first and foremost. I have really deep connections with folks who are advocating

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