Idaho selects Wood River educator as teacher of the year


Jorge Pulleiro (in yellow) works with a group of middle school students in Spain. Pulleiro started an exchange program where students from the Wood River Valley trade places with Spanish teens during spring break.

Courtesy of the Pulleiro family

This article was originally posted on on October 6, 2020.

When Jorge Pulleiro was 16-years-old he brought home an old blackboard, and propped it up on his dining room wall. He bought some chalk, an eraser, and then papered shops around Buenos Aires, Argentina, with flyers for his English tutoring business.

It was the start of a lifelong calling for Pulleiro, and the teaching career that would carry him across the globe.

By 18 he’d landed his first professional post, teaching English to Argentinian high school students only a few years younger than himself. He brought his first paycheck home to Casilda Nasibe Dip Pulleiro, his widowed mother, who had

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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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The learning modules include videos, documents, slide presentations, smart cards and ideas for teachers and parents to implement remote learning with their student.

Some of it is more suitable for teachers and contains detailed information and uses educational terms and jargon.

Other parts, such as the parent video, are more easily accessible. The parent video introduces a few terms that may be new to parents, such as classroom management. The video introduces the concept of building routines and setting up a kid’s classroom environment so they can learn. Then it points viewers to a more detailed module or cluster with additional information.

“We just want to be part of the answer and part of the stress relief and we feel like we have the mission and the capacity to do it,” Linder said.

The program is available online and is free for any Idaho teacher or parent or member of

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