Mentoring Program Protégé Norma Castillo, Cohort 7

Norma Castillo

Cohort 7

Mentor: Dr. Joe Rodriguez

Norma Castillo is currently the Director of Talent Acquisition for Austin ISD where she leads a team that recruits, staffs, and retains staff for one of the largest employers in Austin, TX. Austin ISD is an urban school district of 80,000 students, over 11,000 employees, and 129 schools. She has experience recruiting and developing talent nationally and globally. Prior to leading in Austin ISD, Norma served as Director of Talent Acquisition and Development in Harlingen CISD. In her capacity as Director of Talent Acquisition, Norma has developed and implemented strategic recruitment and staffing models with a keen focus on diversifying staff. Under her tenure, Austin ISD has doubled the number of newly hired Black teachers in the district. She has likewise developed leadership academies, professional learning, and a variety of educator pathways.

With 21 years of experience in public education, Norma is passionate about ensuring children have access to an equitable education. A former school principal and district staff developer, Norma also served for several years as the Leadership Development and Certification Specialist for the Region One Service Center.

As a migrant student and English language learner herself who attended public schools across the country growing up, Norma believes that public education is the most powerful equalizer to bring about systemic change in society. Bilingual and bicultural, she is committed to increasing the number of Hispanic teachers entering the profession. She currently serves as board secretary for the Amala Foundation, an Austin area non-profit organization that inspires people of all ages to serve as conscious leaders in their communities.

When she is not working, you can find Norma kayaking in the local lakes or hiking the trails. Norma has one son, Adriel, who is currently a senior at the University of Houston majoring in Political Science.