World language teacher earns statewide recognition
Francisco Castillo, an immersion Social Studies teacher at Bryan Station Middle School, is Kentucky’s Spanish Teacher of the Year. This honor is from the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. He received the award during the 2019 Kentucky World Language Association conference in Lexington in late September.
“We live in a global world, and we have the responsibility to prepare students for jobs that aren’t created,” Castillo said. “I live by two non-negotiables: honesty and 100 percent effort. In the process of learning a language, I like to quote Sir Winston Churchill: ‘Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.’”
A native of Granada, Spain, Castillo came here as part of the Spanish Visiting Teacher Program. This is his sixth year at BSMS in the Spanish Immersion Program. Previously, he taught nine years at Colegio Cristo de la Yedra in Granada. He earned a master’s degree in History and his teaching credentials from the University of Granada, and he is working toward a master’s in Educational Technology.