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Idaho Teacher of the Year

The Idaho Teacher of the Year Program, which began in 1959, is one of the most prestigious honors in the state for teachers. The program focuses public attention on excellence in teaching that has a real impact on the students of Idaho.

The Idaho Teacher of the Year is chosen from among district nominees by a selection committee representing state education leaders and lawmakers. The Idaho Teacher of the Year serves as Idaho’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year program, a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers.

This year, we are excited to announce a new nomination process. If you know a teacher who inspires students to achieve, innovates in the classroom, and goes beyond the call of duty to help our students persevere in life and prepare for their future, please fill out the simple nomination form below. We will contact nominated teachers and invite them to apply for Teacher of the Year.


2021 Teacher of the Year - Jorge Pulleiro

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Jorge Pulleiro
Idaho Teacher of the Year
Wood River Middle School

Jorge Pulleiro is a 27-year veteran Spanish teacher who began teaching at the age of 19 in his home country of Argentina. Pulleiro is currently at Wood River Middle School in Hailey, Idaho where he teaches Dual-Immersion Spanish Language Arts.

Pulleiro is also the founder and coordinator of the Wood River Middle School / Gredos San Diego Exchange Program to Madrid, Spain.

Pulleiro holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from Boise State University, a Masters in Teacher Education from Eastern Oregon University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Translation and Interpretation with a Minor in Italian from Brigham Young University. Pulleiro has served in various school improvement teams and as a World Language Department Head.

Pulleiro was also honored on several occasions with multiple awards and recognitions, including The White House and the Department of Defense Recognition as a Spotlight Teacher, the Fulbright Teacher Exchange to Mexico Award, and the Loretta Wollet Award for Outstanding Teaching at the K-12 Level.

Pulleiro believes success in education is about building relationships and has focused on helping Latino students close the achievement gap. Pulleiro has dedicated himself to becoming a life-long learner and educator, and he strives to instill a similar desire in all of the students with whom he works.

As Idaho's Teacher of the Year, Jorge Pulleiro will:

  • Receive $1,000 from the State;
  • Travel across Idaho talking with other teachers, legislators, and policymakers about education in our state;
  • Travel to Washington, DC in the spring to meet Teachers of the Year from other states and the President of the United States; and,
  • Serve as Idaho's nominee for National Teacher of the Year.

Congratulations Jorge Pulleiro!