Isis Maria Castro
Virginia State School Board
Isis Maria Castro has been a member of the Virginia's State Board of Education since 2004, and is the first Hispanic ever to be selected for such a distinction.
Prior to that, she
founded and incorporated Progreso Hispano which serves the low-income immigrant community through legal assistance, language, and citizenship classes.
Prior to 2003, Ms. Castro served on the Fairfax County Public School Board as the Representative for the Mount Vernon School District and acted as the Instruction Committee Chairperson, Vice Chair and Board Chair.
Additionally, Ms. Castro
taught elementary school math and science to Spanish Immersion students in Fairfax County and has been recognized for her
contributions to education, community service, and humanity by the Greater Washington Ibero- American Chamber of Commerce
, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
was also a recipient of The Fitz Turner Humanitarian Award in 2000.
Ms. Castro received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the City College of New York and Master in Fine Arts in Spanish and Latin American Literature from New York University.