The Morgan Hill Unified School District was notified this week that Virginia Barrera, 6th grade teacher at Martin Murphy Middle School, was named one of six finalists for California League of Middle Schools Region 5 Educator of the year. "We are very pleased for Virginia. Her equity-focused approach to teaching and drive to advocate for all students is a tremendous asset to Martin Murphy," says Superintendent Steve Betando.
Barrera, who has taught English Language Arts, Social Studies, and English Language Development classes over the last three years, has taken on several leadership roles on campus. Barrera has served as head of the Naviance College Readiness Program, facilitated English learner interventions and assessments as well as lead the 6th-grade team as the ELA/SS Department Chair.
In addition to contributing to a positive and caring culture among staff, Barrera has strongly supported best practices in monitoring English Learner progress. She assists in planning college visits throughout the year to provide exposure to college life. Her work with promoting college and career readiness has been a key factor in building the positive school climate at Martin Murphy. “Virginia is an invaluable member of our school community, and deserves praise for her dedication and enthusiasm,” says Martin Murphy Principal Alex Aasen.
Barrera and the other finalists will be honored at a dinner and awards presentation on Friday, November 15. A winner will be selected to represent Region 5 at the State Educator of the Year celebration in Sacramento at the annual conference in March.