Mrs. Trujillo Named Riverside County Teacher of the Year
Julie Trujillo describes her third-grade classroom at Foothill Elementary School in the Alvord Unified School District as “my little slice of heaven.” On Friday, May 25, a cadre of boisterous supporters, led by Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Judy D. White, burst into her educational paradise with the news that she has been selected as the second 2019 Riverside County Teacher of the Year.
Dr. White noted that Trujillo has been teaching for more than 20 years, and is known for making special connections with her students.
“We are so happy that Julie Trujillo is a Riverside County Teacher of the Year,” Dr. White said as Trujillo dabbed away tears. “People say you see the potential in each student. Your students say that you love each of them the same. And, your colleagues say that they would want to be a student in your class, and that is probably the biggest compliment for a teacher.”
Trujillo reached for more tissues as a group of Foothill students serenaded her with a special version of “The Rainbow Connection” made popular by The Muppets.
Trujillo shared that it’s her students that are the reason she loves her job.
“I have been doing this a long time—more than twice as long as some of you boys and girls have been alive,” she said. “I couldn’t think of a better place to be than Foothill. I just love coming here every day. I just love teaching you, having fun, and being part of your lives.”
As for the surprise visit, Trujillo noted, “I thought I was coming over here to decorate the library.”
She greeted new Alvord Unified School Superintendent Dr. Allan J. Mucerino in the crowd and joked, “Wow. The first time I am meeting you and I’m crying. Welcome!”