Burbank Middle School
Mrs. Vélez earned her bachelor’s degree in English as a Second Language (ESL) at the University of Puerto Rico Humacao Campus. She completed her master’s degree in ESL at the University of Turabo at Gurabo, Puerto Rico.
Mrs. Velez was an English teacher in Puerto Rico for five years and has been a Burbank Eagle since 2015. She enjoys teaching ESL students in the Dual Language Academy and loves to see them grow. Mrs. Vélez also teaches the Newcomer students, who depend on her to introduce them to communicating in English. This is her fourth year as cluster leader for the 6th Grade Dual Language academy.
In 2019, she was a finalist in the 2018-2019 ESL Teacher of the Year and this year she has again been chosen by her peers as the 2021-2022 ESL Teacher of the Year for Burbank Middle School.
Mrs. Vélez’s goal as an educator is to inspire her students to enjoy reading. She wants to broaden their outlook and horizons, enhance their imaginations, and help them achieve their goals.