New York Islanders May 2022 Teacher of the Month
Tell us about yourself!
My name is Danna Carrillo and I am lucky to teach 5th grade at Pulaski Elementary school in Riverhead New York. I started my elementary school career in 2020. This year is my first in an ICT classroom with my wonderful Co-teacher Mrs. Gerber. My journey into teaching is very unique. I attended high school in Quito, Ecuador. I volunteered in the mountains of Ecuador in a one-room school. That meant children from ages 4 to 12 being taught by one teacher. I saw first hand the dedication that this teacher had by bringing curriculum to life for the students. She made them fall in love with learning and I fell became infatuated with the idea of being able to do the same.
Who is your favorite NHL® player and why?
Anders Lee. I appreciate the work ethic and leadership that he brings to the ice every game for the Islanders. He’s a true captain. A great captain knows to bring out the best in their team much like a a great teacher knows to bring out the best in their students.
What is your favorite part of the Future Goals™program? How do you see STEM in the game of hockey?
To quote one of my kids “it’s like I’m in the actual place!” I love the visual effects the program has. The program reinforces math and science skills in an engaging matter. Mrs. Gerber and I have a diverse group of learners. Our student’s have various levels of background knowledge. Our students LOVE logging into EVERFI. It is so magical to them to be able to experience real life applications of fifth grade skills. I also find that after our EVERFI sessions our students have a better grasp on new educational material because they have that new schema that allows them to make their education meaningful.
If you played hockey, what position would you play and why?
I would play Goalie because I have quick reflexes. I do well under pressure. And of course, I am very GOAL oriented.