Meet Gregory Castille, M.S. Ed.
TEACH Program Manager
From a young age, Gregory realized he enjoyed using E-Z Graders and reviewing school work way too much, so he wasn’t too surprised when he decided to join the family trade and formally pursue a career in education. Equipped with a Master’s in Education, Gregory went on to spend a decade in Aldine ISD, serving as a teacher, instructional specialist, assistant principal and Curriculum Assistant Principal – experiences that fulfilled his calling for helping educators and students grow and thrive.
Today, as a TEACH Program Manager, Gregory utilizes the same passion for which he became known as an educator to help teachers implement skills that quickly and effectively improve their classrooms and their students’ performance. At the end of the day, he says, it all boils down to the students’ growth and to their acknowledgement of that growth. When he’s not putting his skills to work in TEACH classrooms, Gregory enjoys traveling, spending time with family and watching (or playing) every sport imaginable.
TEACH: When did your interest/experience in education begin?
GC: Since birth! I come from a very large family of educators. My mother was a teacher for 30+ years, and of my 15 aunts and uncles, 10 of them are connected to education in some form. Teaching is the family trade! When I was little, I enjoyed using E-Z Graders and checking school work way too much, so I knew eventually I’d become a teacher.
TEACH: At the end of the day, what is one thing you find most fulfilling about your job?
GC: Having former students come back and say, “Look! I made it.” Thanks to social media, I have been able to stay in touch with former students; others have reached out to invite me to their high school graduations. Now working with teachers, perhaps our coaching has inspired them or motivated them to keep going… It’s those intangibles that make the difference.
TEACH: Who do you consider one of the great teachers in your life and why?
GC: I come from a family of great teachers, so when I encountered educators who lived up to that standard, I wanted to hold on to them forever. If I had to pick just one teacher, it’d be Ms. Fox. She was the student teacher in my first-grade class, then became my second-grade teacher the following year, so that deepened my bond with her. When we finished second grade, she made us all individual memory scrapbooks – I still have mine! Her thoughtfulness was special and made her memorable. Teachers spend a lot of time teaching a curriculum, but children are also people who are experiencing life. Creating memories for students is important. I don’t remember who taught me how to count, but I certainly remember the spaghetti dinner we had to celebrate Patricia Polacco. Those are the moments that stand out for students.
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