Ms. Castrodale has the unique ability to see the potential for greatness and beauty in every piece of trash or recyclable you give her. Her art classes are so popular and in demand, she agreed this year to give up her planning periods for both semesters to accommodate students’ needs. Over the summer, Ms. Castrodale painted a beautiful montage of the four Buena Vista schools. This painting now hangs in the superintendent’s office.
Ms. Castrodale is always looking for ways to enhance her art program. Last April, her 3D Concepts class participated in the “One Million Bones” project. Her students made human bones out of clay to contribute to the installation on the National Mall in Washington D.C. to bring awareness and raise money for efforts to prevent global genocide. This year alone, she has sponsored the Origami Club after school, showcased our students in the community art show, held an open studio after school to celebrate art, and applied for and received a Blues Foundation Grant to bring a guest artist into her classroom. In addition to her academic duties, she is also a member of the PMHS 8th grade transition team.
Ms. Castrodale is not only involved in her work as an art teacher; she is also completing her master’s degree and has most recently become certified as a Body Attack instructor. She currently teaches a fitness classes to faculty members after school each week at the high school. She is also teaching Body Attack on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings in the SVU Dance Studio.