Carlajo Cancilla: Lake Dallas High Teacher of the Year

  • HS TOY logo “If a teacher has ever been a kid-magnet, it is this teacher. She has a heart for every student on this campus in an amazing way. One of the greatest things as a principal is hearing a parent brag on a teacher. I was recently told by a parent, ‘She makes my kid think!  He comes home and talks about current issues. Our family dynamic has changed in a positive way – it’s been a great thing!’ When you can be known as someone who your colleagues love, parents love and kids love then you are definitely hitting on all three cylinders. This year our teacher of the year – the champion who is always in the gap for every child – is Carlajo Cancilla."


    Dr. Kristi Strickland, LDHS Principal


    Get to know Carlajo Cancilla in this Q & A: 

    # of years at LDISD:


    Positions held at LDISD:

    Currently: AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, English III, Dual Credit Public Speaking, UIL Coordinator, Gay Straight Alliance Sponsor,  KAAA Sponsor

     Past: Broadcast Journalism, Speech, Theater, Debate


    BS, MS from UNT, certified in Speech, Theatre, and English

    Professional affiliations:



    Teacher of the Year 2018-2019
    AP Reader for the College Board for 7, going on 8, years

    Favorite thing about being a teacher . . .

    There's never a dull moment. I love seeing students' excitement as they acquire new skills. It's exciting to watch them find their "voice."

    Favorite thing about your campus . . .

    My group does the passing period music, which allows them to feel accepted and a part of the school. Our campus is generally friendly and supportive.

    Favorite thing about LDISD . . .

    The academic rigor

    About receiving your campus Teacher of the Year . . .

    I was so surprised, but grateful that someone noticed that this isn't just a job for me, but a calling. I have always been a teacher of something, and I love my students.

  • Carlajo Cancilla