My name is Gabe Carrillo, and I am a 6th & 7th-grade special education teacher for the East Whittier City School District since 2001. I am a teacher at the S.T.E.P. program, which is a highly successful program specializing in behavior. I have been working for S.T.E.P. since 2001, and I absolutely love my job. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity of working with amazing students and dedicated staff.
Education and teaching is a huge part of my family. My wife, Megan is also a teacher in the EWCSD and has been teaching Kindergarten for the past 18 years. My Mother taught 1st grade for 18 years, and my Mother-in-law is the former superintendent of EWCSD. Myself, along with my family has always valued teaching and helping children.
I have lived in Whittier my whole life, in fact, my children are the 5th generation of my family that has lived in Whittier. I went through the EWCSD for my schooling, attending La Colima Elementary School, Granada Middle School, and California High School. I attended California State University, Fullerton where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts. I then attended Whittier College where I earned my Teaching Credential for special education. I fell in love with teaching special education while observing special ed classes during my credential program and knew instantly that I wanted to be a special education teacher.
I am proud to be on the board of C.A.U.S.E. I feel that C.A.U.S.E. is an organization that will truly help the parents of students with special needs. C.A.U.S.E. also works with the schools, teachers and most importantly the child. C.A.U.S.E. is working to ensure a united team whose purpose is to build and support students who have special needs. Entering the world of special education can be scary and daunting for parents and families, but with expert help and guidance from a friendly face, the journey can be manageable and will ultimately be rewarding.