||Staff Development Director/Coordinator|
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||Joe Castillo is an Education Specialist for the Region One College, Career and Life Readiness Office.
He has been in education for 29 years. For 19 years, he has been involved with the GEAR UP program, first as a campus facilitator and then as a special projects coordinator for UTPA GEAR UP. For the first 10 years of his career, he was an ESL/Bilingual and a music teacher.
He received his B.S. from the University of Texas Pan American and holds two Masterís degrees; one in Education and the other in Counseling and Guidance from the same institution.
Currently, he works with Direct Student Services in which he provides a comprehensive student leadership and retention program designed to empower students at their campuses as well as build the leadership skills of the students. His education beliefs stem from his many years of working with students from elementary to college age. He believes that all students will learn when provided sufficient time, quality instruction, and multiple opportunities. He also enjoys reading the Bible, writing, playing music, running, riding my bike and collecting various mediums.|