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Pima instructor named top Adult Education teacher in U.S.

Tucson, AZ – Pima Community College Adult Education instructor Consuelo Carrillo has been named national Teacher of the Year by the Coalition for Adult Basic Education (COABE).

A full-time educator with Pima’s Adult Basic Education for College and Career (ABECC) since 2012, she currently teaches an Early Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training course in partnership with Microsoft that focuses on Computer Science and the Python coding language.

In nominating Carrillo, Jodi Perin, Assistant Program Manager at El Pueblo Liberty Adult Learning Center, said: “Consuelo is an exceptional teacher with a rare gift for empowering student independence in her classes; the students and their learning are always the center of attention.”

Carrillo’s involvement with Pima’s Adult Education program began as a student. She served as an AmeriCorps volunteer and part-time instructor before teaching full time. She also volunteers for Literacy Connects, and as a pre-marriage counselor and data analyst for the Diocese of Tucson.

COABE will present Carrillo will the Teacher of the Year Award at the 2021 COABE national conference during a virtual awards ceremony on March 24.


Libby Howell, APR, Executive Director

Media, Government and Community Relations


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