Utah Teacher Wins National Honor

Utah Teacher Wins National Honor

Save Story

Estimated read time: 2-3 minutes

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

John Daley reporting A veteran teacher in Utah's Davis County has won a national education honor.

He's a big hit with his students. But no one wants to be caught speaking "John Wayne Spanish" in his Spanish class.

In Larry Carrillo's class it's all authentic Spanish--all the time.

It's Car-EE-YO not Car-ILL-o.

And it's tortilla not tor-TILL-a.

What he calls "John Wayne Spanish" is not allowed.

Carrillo says learning should be fun. Today's lesson: alphabet Bingo.

Senor Carrillo, as his students call him, has a PhD. He's taught in elementary, junior high and high school, was a principal and a district director of bilingual education.

A few years ago he retired and then decided to return.

Larry Carrillo/ Spanish Teacher: "The two years taht I was retired, I just was not happy and I knew what was missing in my life was teaching."

That dedication has been rewarded by Nordstrom and Hispanic Magazine as the 2003 National Hispanic Teacher of the Year.

Larry Carrillo/ Hispanic Teacher of the Year: "It does mean a lot. Forty-three years and being recognized at this stage in my life. I'm very humbled and it does mean a lot."

Nick Hill/ 7th Grader: "He's funny. He's a good teacher."

Geneva Thompson/ 8th Grader: "This is like a really fun class. I always enjoy to come to this class, and just know you're going to learn something every day."

Carrillo grew up in a Spanish speaking home in Arizona and he's a firm advocate of diversity.

Larry Carrillo/ Hispanic Teacher of the Year: "I think to bring to them first hand information, and I share it with them. They learn a lot about the Spanish culture."

For that, his students have one word--gracias.

Larry Carrillo will be honored in Februrary at a banquet in Ogden. Then he'll go to Washington D.C. where he'll meet with officials from the Department of Education and the CEOs of Hispanic Magazine and Nordstrom.

Finally, he'll get a private tour of the White House.

Most recent Utah stories

Related topics



Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the KSL.com Trending 5.
By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

KSL Weather Forecast