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Julian Cortes

Julian Cortes is a Colombian-born immigrant who has lived in the United States for the last 20 years. He came to this country at the age of 8, unable to speak English or communicate with his teachers. It was this unique experience that made Julian interested in a career in education. As a male, undocumented, Latino, Julian has overcome many obstacles to be where he is today. Julian received DACA when he was not yet finished with his bachelor’s degree in 2012, which allowed him to work legally in the U.S. This also allowed him to continue with his dream of becoming a teacher. Today, he is close to obtaining his United States Citizenship and advocates for young immigrants who are in similar situations. Julian was named Washington State ASCD’s Outstanding Young Educator in 2018 and was also a recipient of the Seattle Mariners/WSECU Teacher of the Week award during the 2017-2018 school year. He holds a B.A. in Elementary Education, a Master of Education in Learning and Technology, and is currently pursuing a second M. Ed. and principal certification. Julian spends his free time with his wife and family and is a volunteer soccer coach in Redmond, Washington.

Position: Award Winning Educator

Degree: M.Ed