LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Sandra Castillo

Position: Secondary Principal
School: Bruni Middle School
School District: Webb Consolidated I.S.D.
City, State: Bruni, TX

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Sandra Castillo was nominated by a member of the community who wished to remain anonymous.

Mrs. Castillo has been a school principal for three years now.  Within those 3 years, she has gone from being a middle school principal to being a seconday school principal.  In her short time as an administrator, she has proven her ability to make a difference in many students' lives. She was never an assistant principal. She went from being a classroom teacher to being a principal.  Even with her lack of experience in an administrative position, she has provided the attitude and commitment the students at Webb Consolidated ISD need to excel in their own achievements.  

Mrs. Castillo is not only currently serving as a secondary school principal, but she is also the district's testing coordinator, federal programs director, and textbook corrdinaor.  Mrs. Castillo has the attitude to make a difference.  She is always positive. Even when others can't seem to see the light, she will go out of her way to make sure they see it.  

Her leadership is beyond what is expected, and her faculty and staff see that. She will never give credit to herself, and would rather credit her faculty and staff.  She always says that she is simply the person or individual who must solve and calm things down when they get heated up, but that her faculty and staff is what makes her campuses what they are. Her campuses have an atmosphere where the faculty works together as family. Her students and faculty are always cheerful and happy, and they're always willing to go above and beyond their scope of duties to assist her in any way, shape or form.  

In the years that she has been an administrator, Mrs. Castillo's campuses have received distinguished stars, as she calls them. These stars indicate to her that her faculty and staff are happy in what they are doing and that her students are being successful. She has taken her students out of state, just to prove to them that she is always listening to their requests. She is now eligible to get her superintendent certification. According to her nominator, she has decided not to register for it this year because her work in Bruni isn't done.  

"I recall when she took those students out of state that she received a check payable to her for her extra duties. She turned around, signed it and gave it back to the school, so her students would have enough money to help cover the trip," the nominator said. To her nominator, Mrs. Castillo is more than a leader at the school. She is the parent and/or guardian to some of the children. She provides them with the safety and security that some children need, and she not only leads them along, but provides them with the nourishment to be successful in life. To many students, Mrs. Castillo will always be remembered as a LifeChanger.