Southampton Elementary School Second Grade Dual Language teacher Sarah Trujillo-Underhill was honored at the 1st Annual Recognition of Exemplary Educational Leaders on Dec. 7.
Hosted by the New York State Association for Bilingual Education (NYSABE), the event was held to honor eight educational leaders who have participated in the Bilingual Education and ESL Teacher Leadership Academy Program and who have demonstrated an immeasurable commitment to the academic success of ELLs/bilingual learners on Long Island.
Her bio in the program for the event reads:
Sarah Trujillo-Underhill's commitment to learning in two languages began early in life. Born in New York to a father who considers himself a Virginian and a mother who considers herself 'machega', Mrs. Trujillo Underhill prides herself in being a 'neoyorquina', (a New Yorker) and celebrating both of her heritages.
For the past 22 years, she has maintained a concerted effort at developing both her teaching techniques and command of Spanish and English. She is an undergraduate of Sweet Briar College, with a major in Spanish Literature. She holds a Masters degree in TESOL from Stony Brook University. In 2010 she wrote a thesis regarding the teaching of Spanish as a first and second language within a Dual Language classroom setting for her Masters from the University of Alcala de Henares of Spain.
She presented her first workshop at NYSABE this past year, titled, 'Dual Language classroom practices: Some of the ins and outs of teaching a student as an 'Emergent Bilingual.'