Christine Carrillo

Professional Educator and Mentor

Jorge carrillo

Experienced Educator and Mentor with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Skilled in Montessori education, Secondary Education, Educational Consulting, Lesson Planning, Educational Technology, Bilingual Education and ESL. Strong education professional with a Master’s Degree in Teaching and an AMI Primary Diploma focused in Montessori Teacher Education from The Montessori Training Center of St. Louis.

I have been a passionate advocate of child-centered education and Montessori education for more than two decades. Since 1999, I have worked as a classroom teacher with children aged three to fourteen. I have also worked as a parent educator and new teacher mentor since 2018. I firmly believe that a child-centered, non-traditional approach to the education of young children can vastly improve society. I am a contributing author to several nationally published journal articles, books and blogs on the topics of teaching, classroom management and Montessori education. I have experience studying Non-Profit Management and Design Thinking for the Greater Good.

Favorite Quote:

"If there is a fatal notion on this earth, it's the notion that wider horizons will be fatal" - Barbare Kingsolver

Fear of viewing the world through a wider lens often inhibits us from gaining insights that would lead to systematic improvements.


Primary Teacher grade PK-K

Wheaton Montessori School (AMI) Wheaton, IL

Primary teacher for students ages 2.5-6: Instructs and plans individual and small group lessons in language, mathematics, science, social studies, music and art, as well as Spanish based on Montessori method of education.

2016 - Present

Spanish immersion educator, program creator PK-8

St. Michael's School Wheaton, IL

Created and implemented dynamic, student- centered immersion Spanish curriculum for grades, with focus on excellent speaking, reading and writing skills PK-8

Many 8th graders entering high school at level 2 and 3 Spanish as freshmen

Developed Skype relationship with schools in Latin America

Raised tens of thousands of dollars for the construction of a medical clinic and fresh water project in Semachaca, Guatemala and traveled there to assist with the implementation

2010 – 2016

ESL teacher, adult learners

College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL

Instructed adult learners of English using standards and benchmarks - This was a short term position

2012 - 2013

Spanish teacher, Social Studies Teacher 6-8

Plano Middle School Plano, IL

Created and implemented dynamic, differentiated Spanish curriculum without use of textbooks for all 3 grades.

Focused on excellent literacy skills for large population of native speakers -Coordinated and carried out weekend cultural field trips.

Taught U.S. History to Honor students.

2006 - 2008

ESL Instructor

Waubonsee Community College Aurora,IL

Adjunct instructor of ESL to adult learners.


Adjunct Faculty of the University - English Instructor

Benemérita Universidad de Puebla Puebla, México

Planned and taught English language conversation curriculum for native Spanish speakers.



University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Coursework in Design Thinking Methodology

Harvard University Extension School

Coursework in Non-Profit Management
2018 - 2019

Montessori Training Center of St. Louis

Graduate Certificate in Montessori Education
2016 - 2018

Aurora University Aurora, IL

M.A.T./Teaching and Education
2004 - 2006

College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA

B.A. in History
1996 - 2000

Publications and Awards

  • Mindfulness and Montessori Education - Feb. 17, 2020
  • It's All Science- published on - Nov. 28, 2018
  • Contributing author -How We Handle It: Hundreds of Answers From Classroom Teachers - August 2014
  • Languages and Learners: Making the Match-5th Edition - January, 2015
  • Foreign Language Games: Center for Applied Second Language Studies Journal - Oct. 26
  • 2010 Christian Brother Fellowship: “Pilgrims in Peru” Study and Volunteer in Peru – June, 2013
Professional Organizations, Workshops and Certifications
  • 2018- AMI Montessori Graduate Certificate and Diploma
  • 2015- ICE (Illinois Computing Educators) training and workshops
  • 2012 and 2013-TPRS Training - 6 days of training with Blaine and Von Ray
  • 2011-College of Dupage - Mandarin Chinese Conversational Course
  • 2011- B.E.R. Workshop on Differentiation in the Foreign Language Classroom - Alice Koznick
  • 2010- Diocese of Joliet Workshop on Differentiation - Carol Ann Tomlinson and Gayle Gregory
  • 2010-B.E.R. Workshop on Foreign Language Immersion and Differentiation-Louis Mangione
  • 2008-B.E.R. Workshop on Foreign Language Activities and Games-Ruben Garza
  • 2008- C.R.I.S.S. Training and Certification
  • 2006-2023 State Certified Educator - Illinois. Type 09 Certificate- Spanish, U.S. History, World History, Anthropology, Sociology, Middle School
  • Bilingual: English/Castilian Spanish


Personal Project

This is a website that I created dedicated to education the public on the value of Montessori education

Volunteer Work/International Experience

  • 2014-2018 Continued fund-raising and travel to Semachaca, Guatemala for clean water. And healthcare projects.
  • 2010-present Ongoing travel to Mexico for study of Mayan culture and ruins.
  • 2010- 2016 Supported Somaly Mam foundation against the trafficking of young girls in Asia, and contributes to Women for Women International and its work in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • 2007-2014 Yearly visits and volunteer work at Asociación Esperanza y Caridad, Lima, Perú which resulted in becoming "Madrina" to a young orphan girl.
  • August 2004/December 2005- collected and delivered medical supplies to needy clinic in Lima, Perú in conjunction with Hope for Perú.
  • April 2003- Planned and carried out service retreat for students and teachers to San Salvador, El Salvador.
  • June-August 2003- Was awarded and attended a Fellowship from the Christian Brothers to study and work in Peru with the program ‘Pilgrims in Perú".
  • August 1998-June 1999, May-August 2000-Lived as a study abroad student with a Mexican family in Puebla, México-volunteered in Gabriel Pastor Nursing Home, Puebla México as a game and recreation volunteer.

Personal Interests

Apart from being a passionate educator and mentor to new teachers, I enjoy practicing yoga, walking, reading, hiking and traveling. I also enjoy studying and investigating new educational and management methodologies.


P.O. Box 1232 Wheaton, IL 60187

(331) 330-1733


Designed by DuPage List