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Jeffrey Camarillo
2010 Alumni Classroom Fellow
Palo Alto, CA


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Bio/Overview: Camarillo is currently the assistant principal at East Palo Alto Academy. Through education, Camarillo’s father and hero was able to break the cycle of poverty in his family and open countless doors for students and faculty at Stanford University and beyond to explore the history and identity of Mexican-Americans and other ethnic Americans. His example inspired Camarillo and he has worked tirelessly to enhance the educational opportunities for young people from disadvantaged urban communities throughout California. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Camarillo entered the classroom as an 8th grade U.S. History teacher at Vanguard Learning Center in CUSD. He also coached boys basketball, football and baseball. After three of the most amazing years of his life, Camarillo realized that it was time to advance his teacher repertoire and pedagogical understanding and returned to the San Francisco area to attend Stanford University’s Teacher Education Program (STEP) for his Master’s degree and teaching credential.  Camarillo was also introduced to a progressive non-profit organization called the Mural, Music and Arts Project (MMAP), an economic and education empowerment program that seeks to inspire teens in East Palo Alto, CA through the arts. After serving as an education specialist for MMAP, he began in 2005 as the director of MMAP’s Teen Mural Program, a position that he still holds currently.

Educational Values/Philosophy: It is Camarillo’s educational passion and mission to enhance the educational opportunities for young people from disadvantaged urban communities throughout California and the nation.

Achievements: throughout the 2011-2012 school year, Camarillo applied and was accepted into the Latino Leadership Alliance, a network of Latino leaders in the Silicon Valley that seek to unite Latino leaders to promote a common voice that addresses the interests of the Latino community, and to identify, develop, and support future Latino leadership.  As the only educational leader in the current Latino Leadership Alliance cohort, Camarillo was able to help the group understand critical issues related to the education of Latino youth and guide the group's work on advocacy projects related to education.

Leadership Experience: During and immediately after his time at STEP, Camarillo taught 9th and 10th grade Humanities and served as the founding Athletic Director at the June Jordan School for Equity in San Francisco. While his 2010-2011 school year was consumed with the positive transformation of the EPAA, the Teaching Ambassador Fellowship provided Camarillo with some of the memorable moments of his professional career.  Camarillo’s work with the Department of Education included attending a community college forum with Secretary Duncan and California Congresswoman Barbara Lee in Oakland, CA, a TEACH recruiting event in Los Angeles during NBA All-Star Weekend where he had the pleasure of meeting boxing great Oscar de La Hoya, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Grammy winner John Legend ,and several other education conferences and summits. The highlight of Camarillo’s year as a Fellow occurred when his work at EPAA and the Department intersected with a visit from Asst. Secretary of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, Kevin Jennings.  His visit and the discussion he facilitated with the students and teachers reaffirmed that EPAA was ‘doing everything right’ to build a positive and safe climate for their students and teachers.

Affiliations: Stanford Teacher Education Program

Education: Camarillo earned his Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and went on to earn his Master’s and teaching Credential with Stanford University’s Teacher Education Program (STEP). In August 2012, Camarillo will begin the Urban School Leaders Program at San Jose State University to officially earn his administrative credential and earn a second Master's Degree in Education Leadership

Areas of Interest/Expertise:

  • Recruitment of Minority Male Teachers
  • Urban education
  • Economic and education empowerment
  • Educational enrichment through art
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Last Modified: 08/16/2012