Rafael del Castillo

IFSEL Advisor

My story is the story of a Rainier Scholar. My family came to the United States when I was five years old. My very first teacher, Mrs. Rogers, provided the launch pad for a boy who spoke no English to accomplish a first for my family, a university degree from the University of Florida in Aerospace Engineering. Instead of rockets, my path led me into the classroom of the 1980s, a master’s degree in Science Education and postgraduate studies in Educational Psychology. I have over 35 years of educational leadership experience including two international assignments in Madrid and Prague. That experience has been rooted in what happens in the classroom between the student and the teacher, and it has prepared me to actualize the

strategic direction of a mission-driven organizations like Rainier Scholars. I believe we need to urgently transform leadership using a lens of power and privilege, across all sectors of our society. Rainier Scholars playing a significant role in that transformation, and I want to lead us toward expanding our reach as well as the depth and breadth of our impact.

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