Mr. Gastelum was elected to the board in the January 20th AZALAS Board of Directors after board member Steve Holmes resigned.
Mr. Gastelum began his education career with SUSD in 1997 as a high school Spanish teacher. He most recently served as Sunnyside’s Chief Student Services Officer—a role that prepared him to become the district’s new Chief Executive. Mr. Gastelum has also worked as Director of Secondary Schools, Principal and Assistant Principal. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from the University of Arizona, and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.
Mr. Gastelum is focused on driving academic excellence and post-secondary attainment, and firmly believes that school connectedness will positively impact the student experience. Mr. Gastelum has dedicated his entire career to serving the students and families of Sunnyside and is committed to providing students with the same opportunities he received while growing up in the Sunnyside Unified School District.
Currently, Mr. Gastelum serves on the Board of Directors of AZALAS (Arizona Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents) to ensure excellence and equity in education and promote effective leadership that produces the best outcomes for ALL students. Mr. Gastelum was also named as the Commissioner for Public School Superintendents by the Metropolitan Education Commission.
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