April 26th, 2017 – Doral, FL
Ronald Reagan/Doral Senior High School was host to a very special event this morning as they renamed their Teaching Academy to The Andrea Castillo Teaching Academy in honor of School Board Member Susie V. Castillo’s late daughter Andrea Castillo. “While tragedy prevented Andrea from living her dream, renaming this academy in her honor creates a long-lasting lasting legacy benefitting students” said Superintendent Alberto Carvalho who proposed the renaming.
Joined by friends, family, fellow School Board Members, Superintendent Carvalho, and many community partners, Ms. Castillo remembered her daughter and her true passion for teaching which she developed at a very early age. “Andrea wanted to be a teacher ever since she was a little girl,” said Ms. Castillo, “through her many involvements and jobs in life, it was evident her heart was in teaching.”
Andrea passed away in October 2012 in a tragic car accident. She was a graduate of Ronald Reagan/Doral Senior High School and very involved resident at the City of Doral. Before her passing, she had been admitted into the College of Education at Florida International University where she had planned to study Early Childhood Education.
The Andrea Castillo Teaching Academy opened its doors in August 2015 to 9th grade students in Ronald Reagan/Doral Senior High School preparing students in the program for their careers in teaching and providing them with best practices in teaching as well as providing them with internship and dual enrollment opportunities.