Former Administrative Dean of Walt Whitman High School, Jose Castillo, will now be proudly serving as one of Whitman’s Assistant Principals.
Originally, Mr. Castillo worked as a social studies teacher at Brentwood for approximately fifteen years. He then became the teacher on special assignment, working as a disciplined educator. After his experience, a position for Administrative Dean became available in South Huntington. Needless to say he took no hesitation and applied for the position. “It has more administrative roles, which I was hungry for,” Mr. Castillo said. Another reason he was drawn to this district was because of a friend he formerly worked with at Brentwood, Dr. John Murphy, former Principal of Walt Whitman High School. “He would always tell me all the great things that are going on,” Mr. Castillo said.
One aspect that he enjoyed the most as the Administrative Dean was the one-on-one connections he could make with students. By becoming engaged in the disciplinary realm, he would be able to see students from an interpersonal standpoint. Mr. Castillo has always been motivated to support parents and keep them in-the-know. “Working in Brentwood, there was a very high Spanish speaking population there,” he said. Our district supports this community as well, and Mr. Castillo expressed, “that’s one of the things I really enjoyed about the administrative aspect, being able to help parents out with some of the things that they need help with.”
Mr. Castillo’s focus as Assistant Principal is to continue to think of what is best for the students and the staff. He has the perspective of an administrator, a teacher and as a parent. “I’m looking forward to my new role as Assistant Principal to be able to assist teachers in getting there.”
Mr. Castillo, when thinking about goals for his new position, said he wants to be as helpful as possible. Ultimately, he hopes students feel like Whitman is a second home to them by getting them more involved and having them see the high school as cherished memories, not just a building they spent four years in.
Congratulations, Mr. Castillo!