Texas educator Joel Castro named CEO of New Orleans College Prep

Joel Castro, a veteran educator from the Texas school system, has been named the new chief executive officer of New Orleans College Prep. The charter management group announced Feb. 21 that Castro’s new role will take effect Thursday (March 1).

Castro was named CEO after the New Orleans College Prep Board performed a national search starting last fall that included interviews and on-campus meetings with teachers, students, and parents, according to a news release. The nonprofit organization operates Walter L. Cohen College Prep, Lawrence D. Crocker College Prep, Sylvanie Williams College Prep, and the Hoffman Early Learning Center.

The charter stated Castro has more than twenty years of education experience. He recently served as associate superintendent of the Lubbock Independent School District in Texas. He is also a founding principal of the East Early College High School, which serves students at risk of not graduating from high school or enrolling in college, according to the charter’s website. The charter was named a National Blue Ribbon School last year by the federal Department of Education.

College Prep stated Castro started his career in education as an elementary and middle school teacher. Castro’s LinkedIn profile shows he has been involved in education since 1994, and the profile displays his history in various administrative roles in the Houston Independent School District. His accolades include awards for Teacher of the Year, Distinguished Administrator of the Year, and Principal of the Year. 

Castro earned a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas in 2005, and he is expected to receive his Doctorate in Education Administration from the University of Texas in May. College Prep Board Chair Peter Harding said the charter is “thrilled” to have Castro join their team.

“We’re confident that his academic expertise, his proven leadership experience, and his commitment to our students, families, and staff will ensure a successful next chapter for the network,” according to a news release quoting Harding.

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Wilborn P. Nobles III is an education reporter based in New Orleans. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @WilNobles.