Hi, I'm Mr. Carreno!
Tell us a little bit about yourself. I began a career in teaching long before I became a teacher. More formally, I've taught in elementary classrooms, public and private schools, as well as an abundance of community-based programs that I have composed and directed. As a father to two young and school-aged children, creating a learning environment and helping to carve a path for independent, progressive, and hands-on learning is a privilege and an honor. I am incredibly excited to offer children a learning experience that will help ignite new interests while strengthening ones that they already embody.
What's your philosophy on what it means to be a great teacher? My Great Teacher philosophy is defined by my multiple roles as a father, an ex-Marine, and my life experiences living in NYC and abroad from much of my youthful and adult life. Combining both my lived experiences as well as my academic training has given me the ability to explore and enact multiple philosophies as no child is exactly the same as another and the same goes for learners. I enjoy the challenge and privilege of meeting children where they already are and helping to give them additional guides on where they can go.
How can we, as teachers of children, work to build a society where people are respectful towards each other and the environment? I aim really hard in all of my teaching work and parenting to teach all of the children about being a good and informed citizen, community member and advocate. I am the lead green-organizer of my neighborhood's block association where I turned a sidewalk dump into a beautiful sidewalk garden. I also built a Mini Free Library that the community continues to use regularly - maybe moreso than they visit our local public library. As a marine, I instill in my children both my students and my own children the importance of natural environments. We spend a lot of time outdoors and learning our places as human beings in the greater green spaces of our community.
What is your philosophy on and approach to behavioral management? I believe the philosophy and approaches to management of behavior needs to be discussed with individual parents. The establishment of classroom rules that are designed BY and WITH all the students will help each child understand their own voice and their own responsibilities as well as being part of a larger learning community.
Do you have experience working with children with special needs? If so, please specify. Yes, but not independently. The children who were enrolled in our cooperative, and community programs were always guided by their caregiver/therapist.
Are there any projects you’ve done (related or unrelated to teaching) that you’d like to share?
Credentials: Bachelor of Arts: Sociology, CPR Corporate Training Certified, MsEd (In progress)