Adjunct Professor of Automotive Technology
Growing up, Carl Cavallo loved anything mechanical. He
worked on lawnmowers, tractors—anything that had an engine. He built his first
small car at age 12 and raced others in the neighborhood.
An automotive high school teacher inspired him to pursue
teaching as a career. He taught automotive technology for 22 years at a
California high school. He then taught for 13 years at a community college near
Sacramento, of which eight years he taught for the Ford ASSET automotive
“I tell my students that I’m old school,” says Carl. “Read
the chapter as an introduction, attend my lecture to clear up the rough spots
and then to the lab to apply the new knowledge. By working through these steps,
the students have experienced all the learning styles: visual, auditory and
application with cognitive thinking. We solve a lot of problems.”
Carl especially enjoys interacting with the students and
helping them understand and apply the theory, operation, diagnostic and repair
of the modern automobile. “To see and feel the light bulb of knowledge—that’s
the best,” he says.
Carl has been a member of the COCC faculty since 2002 and
received the 2013 Teaching Award for part-time instructors.