The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) announced in May the five Wisconsin teachers who were being honored with the title “Wisconsin Teacher of the Year.” In a Hallelujah Moments article, we highlighted that Sarahi Monterrey was named one of Wisconsin’s two High School Teachers of the Year. Sarahi is the daughter of Jorge Luis Mayorga, the Director of Congregational Development for the Wisconsin Conference.

In a July 16 press release, the Wisconsin DPI announced that from those five teachers, Sarahi was chosen as their nominee for the National Teacher of the Year title. As Wisconsin’s National Teacher of the Year representative, Monterrey will receive $6,000 from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation. The National Teacher of the Year Program began in 1952, and is the oldest national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching. The National Teacher of the Year will be chosen by a selection committee in spring 2019.

Sarahi is an English Learner (EL) teacher at North High School in Waukesha. State Superintendent Tony Evers says, “Sarahí really sees the whole person when she looks at her students. Her focus on growth — both in her students and in her school’s programs — makes her an excellent representative for Wisconsin in this prestigious program.” According to the press release, “As a testament to Monterrey’s passion for equity and commitment to growth, North High School’s bilingual classes and English Language Development (ELD) department have flourished since her arrival. When she came to North, the only bilingual class offered focused mainly on remedial homework help. In the six years since Monterrey began teaching at North, the number of bilingual faculty has doubled, and there are now three levels of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes offered. Monterrey also co-teaches a number of classes to provide bilingual supportand assure that non-ESL classes (such as English 9) are facilitated in a culturally responsive manner. Demonstrating the growth of its ELD department, the school is one of the first in the state to offer Wisconsin Seal of Biliteracy awards to students who demonstrate advanced achievement in bilingualism, biliteracy, and sociocultural competence. North High School’s ELD department serves as a model for the surrounding area.”

Jorge said, “Rosita and I are very grateful to the Lord for the accomplishments of our daughter Sarahi.”

Read the full press release or watch this YouTube video to learn more.