[heading]by WYNNE LOVE | photo by Spark Photography[/heading]

Meadowbrook students are showing increased achievement and enjoying more opportunities than ever, thanks to their teachers, school staff, and principal, Dr. Miguel Carrillo. “Dr. Carrillo and his staff are pushing the boundaries of public school education every day,” said Meadowbrook Educational Foundation member, Abby Denosta-Benavente.



In addition to the Community of Kindness program that encourages students to make positive choices in and out of the classroom, Dr. Carrillo has brought single gender classes and ACT Explore college readiness testing to Meadowbrook. This fall, he will oversee the start of Meadowbrook Academy, all geared toward broadening the range of opportunities available to every student.

“I can tell you that staff of Poway Unified School District are amazing individuals and collectively are second to none,” said Carrillo. “I hope to continue supporting the needs of our students and staff to enhance the positive role that Meadowbrook Middle School plays in our community.”



Dr. Carrillo grew up with eight siblings in a three-bedroom home in the small community of La Puente, outside East Los Angeles. His strong-minded parents inspired him to apply himself in school, catching the attention of his teachers and resulting in his placement in the Upward Bound program. “I think it was this support from caring educational professionals that first sparked my interest in the educational field,” said Carrillo.

After completing his undergraduate work at UCSD, Carrillo obtained his teaching credential at SDSU. He taught science for six years; then he was encouraged to pursue his administrative degree. He served as Assistant Principal at Poway High, Principal of Black Mountain Middle School, and Director of Learning Support Services for the Poway School District before taking his place at Meadowbrook in 2009.



Now even people outside Poway are taking notice of Dr. Carrillo’s work. In 2010, he was named Administrator of the Year for middle grades by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA).

“I truly believe that Meadowbrook Middle School is poised to continue on the rise in all aspects of education and I’m proud to be a part of the school’s commitment to excellence,” said Dr. Carrillo.