Alberto and Mario were born and raised in Salamanca, Spain. They graduated from the University of Valladolid with a bachelor’s in education. After graduating, they moved to Utah (United States) to start their teaching careers. The eTwinz attended the International University of La Rioja from where they graduated with a master’s degree on Spanish as a Second Language. Alberto and Mario also attended the University of Utah where they were part of the ZION program. Currently, Alberto and Mario are working on their PhD focused on future-ready skills.
The Herraez Twins taught 5th and 6th grade at Canyon Creek Elementary School in Farmington for seven years where their students are part of the Spanish/English Immersion program. During their time in this school, they led Canyon Creek Elementary to be recognized by institutions across North America who granted Canyon Creek with several recognitions such as Microsoft Showcase School, STEAM Platinum School or WE School. Canyon Creek became a reference school for people across Utah and United States.
Not only his school was recognized, eTwinz’s innovative practices in the classroom were recognized by many organizations. In 2019, these practices were recognized by UCET (Utah Coalition for Educational Technology) that granted Alberto with the “Outstanding Young Educator of the Year Award” and DSD (Davis School District) that honored the eTwinz with the “Best of Davis Award”.
In 2020, WE Charity awarded the eTwinz with the “WE Teacher Award” for their work in the Social and Emotional field and their serving learning practices.
In 2021, Alberto and Mario were included in the "Top ten North America education influencers" by the famous organization T4 Education. Also, the prestigious publication EdTech Magazine (CDW) included the eTwinz in their list "30 K-12 IT Influencers to follow in 2021", this list gathers the most influential educators from around the world since 2016.
In 2022, the eTwinz were recognized by ISC Research in their international list “Top 75 Edruptors of 2021” including them in the 75 most influential educators around the world. This list was made by collecting Big Data on social media channels and other factors. Also, the International Society of Technology in Education awarded them with the “2022 20 to Watch Award”, that recognizes emerging leaders around the world who make a difference through their work and exemplified excellence
During their time in Utah, the Herraez brothers founded the eTwinz brand. Since 2018, the twins carried their brand around the five continents helping many teachers, schools and organizations to transform their practices through technology and cutting-edge approaches. They were invited to present in some of the most reputable events around the world. Some of these events are NCCE (Washington, USA), IDEACon (Illinois, USA), ISTE (Lousiana, USA), TCEA (Texas, USA), UCET (Utah, USA), FETC (Florida, USA), Microsoft Educator Exchange (Paris, France), BETT (London, UK) and SIMO (Madrid, Spain) just to name a few. The eTwinz consult for multinational tech companies like Microsoft Education or Adobe EDU and also help many start-up companies to grow and develop curriculums and educational programs. Alberto and Mario also work closely with a great deal of non profit organizations such as WE Movement, Mind Up or TAG to bring social and emotional learning, service learning and global climate awareness to classrooms all over the world.
In 2022, the eTwinz decided to leave Utah and move back to Europe to focus full time on their consulting firm: eTwinz Education. Alberto and Mario also founded the eTwinz Academy with the intention of providing learners around the world with high-quality education.
While they continue with their job as international consultants and founders of the eTwinz Academy, the eTwinz also have time to advocate for the importance of education everywhere they go. The Herraez twins are great ambassadors of education and its importance. They have been featured in many newspapers across the world such as El Mundo (Spain), Salamanca 24h (Spain), el diario de Valladolid (Spain), The Globe and Mail (Canada), KSL News (USA) among many others. Also, the eTwinz have participated in many national radio shows such as La Cope (Spain) as experts in digital transformation and 21st century learning. In addition, they can be heard in a handful of podcasts.
The Best of Davis Award is the highest recognition given to the top educators in the Davis School District. It celebrates the exceptional employees in the district who support and encourage excellence in education.
WE Charity awarded the eTwinz with the “WE Teacher Award” for their work in the Social and Emotional field and their serving learning practices.
2019 Outstanding Young Educator of the Year Award. This award recognizes and honors a leader who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in implementing technology to improve education.
The International Society of Technology in Education awarded them with the “2022 20 to Watch Award”, that recognizes emerging leaders around the world who make a difference through their work and exemplified excellence
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Alberto and Mario Herraez Velazquez
The eTwinz, Alberto and Mario Herraez, teach fifth and sixth grade students at Canyon Creek Elementary School in Utah. Originally from Spain, the eTwinz are Spanish immersion teachers who believe strongly in integrating educational technology into their pedagogy. They present at conferences on 21st century teaching tools and practices, sharing global experience with other educators.
North America: education influencers to follow
Alberto and Mario Herraez Velazquez
Alberto and Mario Herraez Velazquez are twins! Teaching twins to be exact. The eTwinz love using technology to teach. Originally from Spain, Alberto and Mario teach on a Spanish/English Immersion program at an elementary school in Utah. They’ve written about using Minecraft in education, to utilizing Microsoft Tools for personalised learning and self-management skills. Alberto and Mario were given the Outstanding Young Educator of the Year Award in 2019. They have jointly presented at conferences in both the US and Europe, as well as featuring in newspapers across the world and can be heard on a handful of podcasts.
Edruptors 2021: The Top International Education Influencers
The eTwinz were recognized by ISC Research in their international list “Top 75 Edruptors of 2021” including them in the 75 most influential educators around the world. This list was made by collecting Big Data on social media channels and other factors.
ISC Research has compiled a list of the most highly rated influencers within international education, based on LinkedIn, Twitter and public survey data. Whether you wish to learn more about a specific topic this year, or broaden your horizons by hearing different perspectives, our Top Edruptors of 2021 white paper is one way to stick to your resolution! Our white paper will help you to find thought leaders to follow or connect with on social media, including peers and industry experts. They’ve also shared good practice for readers interested in increasing their reach.