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Meet ACG Sunderland Primary teacher: Nanette Carillo

While Nanette Carillo may be a recent addition to the ACG Sunderland Primary teaching staff after taking up her new role at the beginning of 2020, she is certainly a familiar face to many.


For the past five years, Nanette has been running our after-school care programme, delivering inspiring, engaging, and educational activities to our after-school children. A highly skilled educator, Nanette has 15 years of primary teaching experience, and she spent six years teaching at university level. She also co-founded a Montessori learning centre in the Philippines.

What values are most important to you in a school?
Having a caring and nurturing environment is extremely important, as is concern about the holistic development of the students.

What was it that initially attracted you to ACG Sunderland?
I was already familiar with students, staff and the school environment thanks to my years spent running the after-school care programme, and I was missing teaching primary school children. ACG Sunderland offers excellent programmes and has a high standard of educational services – it’s the best place to be!

What is it that appeals most to you about teaching primary aged children?
I enjoy making learning fun and being part of the development in children’s formative years. My favourite activity is integrating lessons with interactive games, tasks and role plays to make learning more interesting. I particularly enjoy teaching creative writing, reading, public speaking, science, and technology.

What is the most rewarding aspect of teaching?
Being part of students’ success by helping them become achievers and seeing how they develop their full potential as individuals. Some of my former students are now successful in their chosen careers and it is great to hear their sincerest appreciation for the motivation and encouragement they received.

If we could ask your past students to describe you in five words or less, what do you think they would say?
You’re the best teacher! Fun to be with, kind and caring. (I got this message from most of them!)

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Organising events for community groups, listening to music while working, and taking nature photos.

What advice do you give your students to take into the future?
You are unique and gifted. Be the best of what you can be and believe that you will succeed.