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Mishelle L. Jurado: Member

Flor Yanira Gurrola ValenzuelaMishelle is a veteran bilingual teacher from the state of New Mexico. In her 12 years in the classroom she has taught Spanish as a Modern Language, Spanish for Bilinguals for Heritage Speakers and for the last five years was instrumental in developing and aligning Spanish and English language arts for emergent bilingual students and multilingual students in a secondary environment. She was the Bilingual Coordinator at Albuquerque High School, the oldest public high school in the state of New Mexico. Her team and their students were awarded the Colegio del año (School of the year) award from the Embassy of Spain in 2013/14, and the school was recognized in US News Best High Schools report as top 3% of the best public highs schools in the nation for two consecutive years. Together with her team, she developed a portfolio process for her students to attain the Bilingual Seal of Literacy offered by Albuquerque Public Schools. Mishelle also worked along with many other New Mexicans to create a book of guidance for the State of New Mexico’s Bilingual Seal of Literacy. She has a BA in Spanish and Sociology, a MA in Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural studies with an emphasis in Bilingual Education, and is in her second year of her doctoral program, all completed at the University of New Mexico. Mishelle has also been on the board for Dual Language of New Mexico for six years. Mishelle is married and has two bilingual children in high school. In her home, bilingualism is celebrated and exalted to the point that her children could someday become stand-up comedians dedicated to the fusion of Spanish and English. For Mishelle and her family, bilingualism is not just something out of a book or a theory—it’s a way of life.

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