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Excellence in Teaching

Carlos Palma

Los Angeles Metropolitan Section


Carlos Palma is the academic pathway advisor at Harbor Occupational Center. Carlos grew up in Inglewood but had to move around several times. He completed his elementary and high school from different school districts around the country. He grew up mastering his social skills, gaining multiple friends, experiencing extreme family dynamics, strengthening his character and values, while gaining maturity at an early age. He may have had a strange childhood, but his simple beginnings enabled him to become very responsible, hardworking, compassionate, and understanding.

Carlos began teaching as a substitute teacher in K12 from 1999 to 2000. With his keen desire to help teens and young adults achieve their goals, he pursued adult education. He taught ESL classes, CBET, reading, and GED® prep classes at Huntington Park Community Adult School from October 2000 to 2004. He then taught in the AEWC program from 2004 to 2013 at Hollywood Community Adult School. Carlos was commuting from Hollywood CAS in the day time to Van Nuys CAS at night from 2009 to 2012. He finally decided to move to San Pedro in 2005. Harbor OC became his second home when he was assigned as AWEC teacher at Meyler Learning Center from 2013 to 2016. Before becoming academic pathway advisor, Carlos taught for almost thirteen years. As pathway advisor, he handles academic orientation, assessment, counseling, and follow-up of students in their educational pathways. According to him, there is a small window for students to complete their high school program. Carlos never stops looking out for the best interests of students. He constantly collaborates with academic and CTE teachers and can regularly be heard saying, “We are a team at Harbor OC.” He completed his administrative credential in 2015. Networking, outreach, and community involvement occupy Carlos’ free time. He is an active member of LA Partnership Performance program and has been an active member of CCAE for 10 years.