Wil Castro, who climbed the GPSS ladder from a social studies teacher to chief planner and beyond in only two years, said yesterday that he has accepted a job at the Northern Marianas College in Saipan.
...Castro will leave his current position as acting associate superintendent of Vocational/Technology Education on Feb. 29.
At the position, Castro
has worked to expand vocational training in local schools, in preparation for the skilled labor demand of the coming military build up.
A replacement hasn't been named.
"If there is one thing I am proud I was able to accomplish in last 90 days ... it was raising public awareness for voc-tech," he
said.In Saipan, Castro will work as the director of Institution Effectiveness, whose job it is to assess if the school is meeting its goals.Castro
said the school was recently giving a "show cause" warning by the accrediting commission of the Western Associated of Schools and Colleges
, which is the final step before academic probation.
"I understand their will be a lot of work to do there," Castro
said.Castro said he does plan to return to educate on Guam, since he enjoyed his work at GPSS and his career goal is to teach at the University of Guam.
There are lots of problems at GPSS
, but the trajectory of Wil Castro
has little to do with them.It has more to do with salesmanship, lack of mentoring of our young talent and a lack of school-focus in our administration of the schools. Wil was never really a teacher in the schools and he never worked at any school in any capacity.He
was not mentored because as he
told us all so often he
was well-educated and he
had all the knowledge already.He was a consumate salesman and many fell for it. He
is still a talented person, but he
has gone down a career path that will never lead to any achievement or accomplishment.Given our current role models of leadership I guess it is predictable. Wil, spend time in a school.... work in the trenches .... know what it is like to teach and manage instruction before you try to be something big in the world.