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Luanelly Igle­sias, a Dan­bury bilin­gual teacher, re­cently won the Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion’s 2019 Hu­man and Civil Rights Ge­orge I. Sanchez Me­mo­rial Award, which hon­ors teach­ers who sig­nif­i­cantly ad­vance equal op­por­tu­ni­ties for His­pan­ics.

Igle­sias, who teaches at Rogers Park Mid­dle School, re­ceived the award for her dis­tin­guished lead­er­ship in ed­u­ca­tion, hon­or­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that have made sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties and ad­vanced the achieve­ment of His­pan­ics, ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease.

“Through­out her ca­reer, Luanelly has been a tire­less cham­pion for her stu­dents, cre­at­ing a bilin­gual pro­gram for stu­dents re­cently ar­riv­ing in the United States,” Con­necti­cut Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Jeff Leake said in the re­lease. “Her ef­forts in the school com­mu­nity through fam­ily en­gage­ment con­tin­ues to pro­vide stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to have pride in their His­panic her­itage. The cul­tural ex­changes that Luanelly brings to the class­room and the school com­mu­nity teach stu­dents the im­por­tance of hon­or­ing the past, em­brac­ing their cul­ture and lan­guage, and work­ing hard to­ward a bright fu­ture.”

Igle­sias worked in a fac­tory to help sup­port her fam­ily and was a bilin­gual stu­dent her­self 30 years ago, when she moved to the main­land from Puerto Rico, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

“I learned how to de­feat many bar­ri­ers through the power of ed­u­ca­tion,” she said at the CEA Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Assem­bly last week­end. “Many of our stu­dents spend more of their time with us than with their fam­i­lies.”

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