Staff Spotlight-Mrs. Castro
By: Olivija Vasiliauskas
Mrs. Castro, one of the best teachers in the Social Studies department, has been teaching at Wheaton North for 7 years. What many people don’t know is that she also taught at Wheaton Warrenville South for 7 years ( insert booing here) before she settled here.
Mrs. Castro now enthusiastically teaches World Civilizations, Government, and Psychology. In her total of 14 years of teaching, her fondest memory is how students always say thank you when they leave her classroom, as she had never seen that anywhere else. In addition, Mrs. Castro accredits her learning struggles in high school as being the primary influence on her teaching style. She mentioned how her reading comprehension, memory skills, and lack of work ethic made school difficult for her. She believes that a class has to be organized to be sure that students understand where the content is leading and what the end product will look like before she begins a unit. Mrs. Castro insists “that everything we do must connect back to a student's life in order for them to understand the significance and relate to the content.”
Mrs. Castro is an extremely nice person and she genuinely cares about each and every student she teaches. I have been very fortunate to have her as a teacher twice in my years at Wheaton North (including this year) and as an advisor for Youth and Government for 3 years. Her classes are fun, and my classmates and I always have an amazing time learning from her.
When she is not teaching, Mrs. Castro runs Youth and Government and voluntarily co-sponsors Book Club. She also enjoys kickboxing, walking her 3 big dogs, reading, and politics.