Meet Mr. Castro: Eighth Grade Math Teacher

IMG_2770Mr. Castro was born and raised in San Jose, California and went to school in San Diego at the University of San Diego. He majored in English, with an emphasis in Creative Writing and Economics—a double major! He enjoys reading, writing and economic analyzation in his free time. He tries to learn from everything!
Why did you choose the Alma team?
I chose to join the Alma team because of how much I have heard about the community, in that it is significantly tight knit. I have always found great pleasure in working with people who care for others, and therefore I’m excited to work with the Alma team!
What do you hope to contribute to Alma?
To Alma, I hope to openly contribute my opinions and perspectives. I hope to offer insights that could be beneficial for the community and development of all scholars.
What is your top goal during your first year with Alma?
One of my top goals during my first year at Alma is to really immerse myself within the community in order to earn the trust and respect of everyone. I really look forward to doing home visits!
What teacher made a difference in your life — how?
A teacher that has made a difference in my life would be one of my first economic professors at the University of San Diego, Professor Deborah Kelly. She encouraged me to try many things and always pushed me to do my best. Even though I moved across the country, she still continues to support me!
Why did you become involved in education?
I became involved in education because I discovered how much I enjoy seeing my time and effort take the form of a student’s learning and improvement. It brings me great joy to see a student achieve something they have been earnestly striving towards.
Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?
I went to the University of San Diego (USD) for college. At USD, I really liked how close the community was, in that they were very supportive of whatever ideas anyone had. Most people would provide constructive feedback and freely offer their opinions or perspectives when asked.

What is your favorite place / food / book / music / art? (choose two)
My favorite place is a table where people eat! It’s a place where there’s usually food and where people come together to share stories and create memories. I believe food can be a great medium to building community.
My favorite book is A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. It’s my favorite book because I read it when I was in middle school and it had a significant impact on my development as a person. Even to this day I still enjoy reading it!

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