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Posted February 7, 2013

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Humble Special Ed Teacher Just Doing Her Job

Anna Trujillo of Sunset View Elementary is the latest Pepsi/APS Education Foundation Teacher of the Month.

Anna Trujillo is a humble teacher who never seeks accolades. She just quietly does her job as the head special education teacher at Sunset View Elementary. And she does it very well.

So when Trujillo was named the Pepsi/APS Education Foundation teacher of the month, she admitted that she was embarrassed by the honor.

“I tried to hide. If I could have run out the back door I would have,” Trujillo said. “It was so unexpected because I just do my job. I want the kids to do better, to get better, to blend in with the general population.”

Trujillo has been teaching for 20 years. She started her career in Clovis and has been with APS for six years, working first at Ventana Ranch Elementary and then moving to the new Sunset View when it opened in 2008. She teaches fourth and fifth graders and also oversees the special education department.

“As the head special education teacher, Anna has worked diligently to facilitate all the things that need to be done for the department,” said Principal Linda Townsend-Johnson. “She takes such ownership of her students, of all the students in special ed. She makes sure they have what they need. She partners students with teachers who will work best with the child. She makes sure both academic and social needs are met. She communicates with parents. And she works with the district.”

Trujillo admits she has high expectations for her students, pushing them to learn more and be successful. “They think I’m kind of mean sometimes, but they know I’m here to help.”

Her goal is to help prepare her students for success in middle school and beyond. That’s her true reward.

Pepsi, in partnership with the APS Education Foundation, recognizes APS teachers for their outstanding contribution to the classroom, school and community. The Foundation randomly selects one APS school each month, and that school’s principal is asked to choose a teacher to be honored. The teacher receives a $100 check from Pepsi and acknowledgment on the APS website, Facebook page and electronic billboards.

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