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Julie Sorrentino Thomas is in her 10th year teaching at Harlem High School. She has only ever taught high school Spanish but has assisted with bilingual and ESL education throughout her career. Julie’s administrator and curriculum director shared, “While her instruction is dynamic, creative and fun, it is her ability to build relationships with her students that makes a real, lasting difference in her students’ lives. One such relationship with a former student led to that student’s also becoming a high school Spanish teacher. In a recommendation letter, this individual said, “In her class, I learned so much about Spanish, being a good person and being a fantastic teacher. Mrs. Thomas has had a very special impact on me because she not only was my Spanish teacher, but she was also the first person who helped me out of my comfort zone.