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Teacher of the Year 2016-2017

Laura Ortiz
Social Studies Department

Congratulations on being the

  • South Region Office TOY
  • M-DCPS Runner-Up


Laura Ortiz started her career as a teacher in the second grade when she joined the Future Educators of America and started to tutor kindergarteners. During the summer, she would “teach” her sisters valuable reading and math lessons, and insisted that her parents paint one of her walls like a chalkboard to achieve a real classroom feel. She entered Florida International University, earning her summa cum laude degree in Social Sciences Education 6-12. Her first placement was at Coral Gables Senior High and today you can find her at Robert Morgan.

She finds great satisfaction in not only teaching Advanced Placement European History, Human Geography, and Honors World History, but also the Class of 2018 Sponsor and Gradebook Manager. Her other passions include helping teachers learn to adapt technology in moving towards a more digital classroom environment as the TAG (Technology Action Gurus) Team Coordinator. The driving force in her life is helping others find their place in the modern world, and helping students achieve success no matter the circumstance.