CBERDr. Evelyn W. Castro
Dr. Evelyn W. CastroDean, School of Professional and Community Development Medgar Evers College of City University of New York, USA
Dr. Castro began her distinguished career as a student teacher while still an undergraduate at Morgan State University. Upon graduation, she returned to New York City, where she earned an M.S. in Early Childhood/Elementary Education double masters from Bank Street College of Education; an Ed.M. in Education and an Ed.D. in Education Administration, both from Columbia University.
While pursuing her post-graduate education, Dr. Castro continued teaching in the New York City public schools. Quickly identified as a gifted educator and strong administrator, she rose to the position of Principal, initially at Magnet School P.S./I.S. 308 and later at the Hunter College Elementary School, a laboratory school for gifted students in New York City. She served as Director of Early Childhood for the N.Y.C. Public Schools. In addition to her success in pre-Kindergarten through High School, Dr. Castro has extensive teaching experience within the City University of New York. She has served on the faculty at Hunter College, Queens College, Brooklyn College, and at Medgar Evers College. Her experience in these different academic settings, coupled with her success in improving instruction and her extraordinary leadership skills in staff development settings, created the foundation for her later appointment as the Superintendent of District 17. Described by many as an “inexhaustible hands-on and visionary leader”, she has been characterized as a parent advocate with a strong belief in the efficacy of community outreach.
Dr. Castro presently serves as Dean of School of Professional and Community Development (SPCD), Medgar Evers College, which has 20 youth programs that include, 4 Beacons and 5 Cornerstones, Adult and Continuing Education, Upward Bound/Liberty Partnership, GED, Summer Youth Employment Program, and award winning Science Engineering Technology and Physics Program (STEP). Dr. Castro has served as Warden and Vestry member of the St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Scholarship and Educational Chair, Lay Eucharistic Minister, and the Lunch and Dinner Dance Chairperson. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., President of the Brooklyn Links Incorporated and is an Alumna of Jack and Jill of America. Dr. Castro was married to the late Raymond D’Arceuil and has two sons and nine grandchildren.