Mesa, Ariz. educator Patricia Urdialez has received the 2011 Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year award. Urdialez leads the Longfellow Elementary School's family literacy program, which will receive $10,000 as part of the award. Together with the parents, Urdialez works to develop a learning strategy to help their child. She listens to the children and makes them feel special — adding her own special touch of enthusiasm to every answer. Her adult students look forward to class because they know every topic will enrich their lives and the lives of their families. As a result, teachers have

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