Sterling, VA (August 24, 2015) – Karla Blásquez Soto, a parent liaison at Sterling Middle School and Countryside Elementary, is the co-recipient of 2015 Master in the Middle Educator of the Year Award.
This award is presented by the Board of Directors of the Virginia Middle School Association (VMSA)
In reading the supporting letters for your nomination, the VMSA said it was most impressed with a heartfelt endorsement given by one of Blásquez Soto’s students who said, “I thank her for always trying to keep me warm with the red jacket she gave me; I honestly do thank (her) for making these years wonderful.”
Sterling Middle School Principal Gus Martinez called Blásquez Soto “a champion.” He said she understands that “although working in a diverse school like this is not easy, (your) sense of urgency leads (you) to work tirelessly to meet the needs of families.”
The purpose of the Master in the Middle Educator of the Year Award is to recognize educators who serve in roles other than classroom teachers, who have demonstrated a devotion to working with young adolescents and have demonstrated a commitment to best middle level practices. Award recipients will be recognized at the annual VMSA Conference on October 30th at James Madison University.
Blásquez Soto was born in the capital city of Xalapa in Veracruz, Mexico. She attended the University of Veracruz with a major in English Literature. She has a master’s degree in technology education from Atenas Veracruzana University and taught English as a second language there.
Blásquez Soto is the parent of two Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) students. She has been a Spanish interpreter for Loudoun County for many years. She also has worked as a teacher assistant and parent liaison at Guilford Elementary.
“Being a parent liaison is definitely my favorite job in the world,” Blásquez Soto said. “It’s a blessing for me to go to work every day and be able to help a new family or student with their current needs. It has given me the opportunity to become familiar with all the other aspects that can be in the way of academic achievement and success for students. I have met amazing families with challenges and dreams of wanting to see their kids reach the top. I am grateful for their trust, their priceless expressions of gratitude, and their willingness to share the story of their lives with me.
“Sterling Middle School is a wonderful community with a real positive learning environment and a platform where there are new opportunities for thriving every day, for new beginnings and for improving student’s families and lives.”