Meet Evangeline Carillo, one of our founding Kindergarten teachers at ChangeMakers Academy. Evangeline sets high expectations for her kindergartners and instills in them the values and independence that enables them to meet and exceed expectations on a daily basis!
Words about Evangeline from the CMA staff!
"Evangeline is helpful and resourceful. She challenges her kiddos and has great classroom management. We are lucky to have her on our K team!"
"Evangeline always has a positive outlook for all of her students. She pushes her Kinder babies toward independence, and sets clear and high expectations for them. Evangeline is always willing to lend a hand of support and collaboration with her colleagues, and is a bright face to see each day!"
"Evangeline works relentlessly to ensure her students go above and beyond academically and socially emotionally! She loves to celebrate with her students and endlessly pours joy and excitement into her classroom!"
All about Evangeline:
I hail from Cebu City, Philippines. That's where I grew up and got my Bachelors in Elementary Education at St. Theresa's College, Cebu City. I taught for 8 years there before my family and I moved to California in 2008 and lived in Novato (Marin County) for 5 years. We moved to Santa Rosa in 2013 and still live there. I like to go on early morning runs on the weekends and I love taking my kids on outings to picnic and movies at the park whenever I can.
A recent interview with Evangeline:
What is your favorite thing about being a Kinder Teacher at CMA?
My most favorite thing about being a Kinder Teacher is seeing the tremendous amount of growth in learning that each of my students gain throughout the year. From being pre-readers and barely knowing and writing the alphabets to Level D-K readers, writing and illustrating a 4-page opinions and narratives containing 3 sentences per page. That, for me, is awesome growth to witness!
What was your favorite subject growing up?
Math was my favorite subject growing up.
Did you always think you were going to become a teacher?
Nope. Growing up, I always wanted to be a doctor because I love the thought of saving lives. But I had a change of heart when I had a very personal/life-changing experience with my 6th grade Homeroom/Social Studies/English Teacher (May God bless her soul). Inspired by her, I knew I would love to be a teacher because just like her I will not only save lives, but I will touch and change the lives of the next generation.
Favorite candy bar or sweet treat?
Funny thing is, I’ve always thought that chocolates were my favorite treat but the reality is, I can’t stop eating a very yummy moist cake recently!
If you could go on a dream vacation, what would you do + where would you go?
To go to Vatican City, spend a day in Sistine chapel mesmerized by its works of arts, be enchanted by the voices of the choir and maybe… just maybe, have a glimpse of the Pope in person.
What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area (or specifically about Vallejo!)?
With all honesty, my favorite spot in Vallejo is the Seafood City market, where I could eat all the Filipino foods that I love.
Anything else you want to share?
One of the awesome moments I would like to share was when I did F&P test with a student of mine. He was very excited to take the Level D reading test where the book was entitled "What A Nice Little House". When he opened the book. he stumbled on the word "horse" and read it as "house". Just by timing, I made a sound on my throat to clear it before I will cough (allergies) and he thought that I was giving him the "not ok signal", so he went back to the word and examined it carefully letter by letter using his acquired phonic skills until he finally read the correct word "horse". He continued and had always been careful from then on with that word and when he finally read the last "horse" word and the entire book, with so much pride and glory, he shouted "Yes! I finally made it! I knew I will make it! Yeah! Then pause for awhile and said, "Ooops! sorry Ms. Evangeline, I still have to answer comprehension questions." I broke my poker face that moment and laughed so hard.