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MSD Teacher Receives National Award

Congratulations to Washington Elementary kindergarten teacher, Gloria Pereyra-Robertson for being recognized for her dedication to providing inclusive, accessible education for all students, regardless of their background. As the daughter of Mexican immigrants, her parents instilled the importance of perseverance and pride in her heritage and native language, even when facing discrimination in the classroom. More than 20 years later, she passes on those same lessons to her students.

“Providing all children with a great education, no matter where they come from or what language they speak, can give a family the opportunity to change their socio and economic status for the future in just one generation,” Pereyra-Robertson said. “I know, because my siblings and I are living proof of it.”

Pereyra-Robertson takes it upon herself to ensure her classroom is a welcoming environment, especially for her students who do not speak native English. Recently, she has learned Samoan and Tagolog in order to help new students and their families.

Pereyra-Robertson also goes above and beyond to provide for the community. Each Christmas, she makes sure each of her students has warm winter clothing and shoes, and organizes donations of Christmas trees, beds, and heaters. Throughout her teaching career, she has secured over $60,000 in donations for families.

“For the past 22 years, I have personally witnessed my wife changing lives inside and outside of Title I classrooms like no other person I have ever met,” said Stuart Robert, Pereyra-Robertson’s husband and nominator. “Gloria has inspired me by her relentless drive to provide an excellent level of education and opportunities for all students, no matter where they come from or what language they speak. She has taught me and countless others that all children can learn, as long as they have access to an inclusive, equitable education.”

Pereyra-Robertson was selected as one of 15 award winners out of 830 nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Read Gloria Pereyra-Robertson’s full LifeChanger of the Year profile here.


About LifeChanger of the Year

LifeChanger of the Year is a national program sponsored by National Life Group that annually recognizes and rewards K-12 school district educators and employees who make a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence, and leadership.

To be considered for an award, nominees must be K-12 teachers or school district employees who make a positive difference in the lives of students.  Award winners are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Make a positive impact in the lives of students
  • Enhance their school or district’s atmosphere, culture and pride
  • Demonstrate exemplary leadership at the school and/or district level
  • Possess a proven record of professional excellence
  • Show commitment to building a nurturing environment that supports learning
  • Adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards