Georgette Carrillo of The Language Academy in San Diego is the SDCCU Classroom Heroes recipient for August 2019. Georgette is a dedicated teacher who creates a positive classroom environment for students to learn and grow, making it perfectly okay for students to be imperfect and for them to shine.
Sra. Carrillo is amazing. She works arduously on developing a non-judgmental community of learners that work together, to achieve success. Her enthusiasm, passion and dedication to her class is beyond what I have seen so far, and I have seen many GREAT teachers. Mrs. Carrillo is a superstar and has created such a positive learning environment for students to learn, making it perfectly ok for students to be imperfect and for them to shine. She employs a growth mindset approach in her classroom, where she illustrates, that students most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. Her saying is, "Practice makes better," as opposed to the common cliché of "practice makes perfect," which has done wonders for my 8 year old daughter. In a grade level where statewide assessments place so much value on student performance via standardized test, Mrs. Carrillo places greater value on embracing students' personal strengths and maximizing their own potential. Mrs. Carrillo is passionate and compassionate and is a ray of light for the school. I am so sad to see this academic year to an end, and I wish she could be my daughter’s teacher for the rest of her primary school. She concluded the academic year by sending the following note home to her students, “We hope you will continue to build on all you have learned in third grade. As you continue through life, promise me you will always remember- You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Mrs. Carrillo is an amazing teacher and so deserving of this classroom hero award; I truly hope you would consider her.
The SDCCU Classroom Heroes program recognizes outstanding educators and the tremendous impact they have on their students. The program was launched in March of 2015 and has already honored dozens of teachers at schools throughout San Diego County. Teachers, students, parents, and community members are all encouraged to nominate an outstanding educator by visiting this page.