We imagine that many readers of our California special education blog at Steven A. Greenburg in Santa Cruz had one or more teachers that they remember with fondness and deep gratitude. A former student’s feelings of thankfulness for quality teaching often endure for decades and even a lifetime.
It is likely that Erin Castillo will be regarded that way in future years by students whose lives she is positively affecting right now. It seems altogether appropriate to spotlight such a quality instructor in the near wake of last week’s national Teacher Appreciation Week.
You might have heard of Castillo. Although she doesn’t seem the type to self-endorse, she now commands quite a worldwide following among other teachers who have been inspired by her methods.
Those centrally include efforts to engage both special education and general education high school students in her Fremont classroom. A recent national article spotlights a so-called “mental health checklist” developed by Castillo that tracks kids’ moods and encourages them to come forward when they need to connect with others.
CBS News notes that the checklist “went viral” globally when Castillo posted it online. Teachers internationally now use it in their classrooms as a vital tool for identifying challenged students who can benefit from some timely adult input.
Compassionate, involved and truly knowledgeable educators are critically important catalysts promoting special education opportunities for children across California and elsewhere. They are true assets to their profession.
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