Informant: Loretta Carillo
Interviewer: Leah Halper
Submitted: 5/21/18


Loretta Carillo Interview


Loretta Carillo, the grand-daughter of Mexican immigrants, grew up in San Jose and excelled at school. She considered becoming an elementary school teacher during her college years at Santa Clara University, where she began dancing Ballet Folklorico. Eventually she found her way to the Gavilan College English as a Second Language program. For more than thirty years, she supported students both as a classified staff member and as a classroom teacher, and helped build a strong ESL program for immigrant students.