, Oregon , United States
Nov 08, 2003 12:59pm
|Info||Susan Castillo was elected Superintendent of Public Instruction in May 2002, and sworn in to office on January 6, 2003, to a four-year term. As Superintendent, she will oversee more than half of a million students in over one thousand schools from kindergarten to senior year. Susan hopes to develop a solid and sustainable program for funding schools, close the achievement gap between students, and improve efficiency at the Department of Education. |
Only in office for a few months, Susan has already established a Youth Advisory Team to involve students in decision-making about their schools. She is also working closely with the Legislature to ensure adequate funding for Oregon's schools.
Susan received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Oregon State University. As the first Hispanic woman in the Oregon Legislative Assembly, she served in the Oregon State Senate from 1997 to 2002. Susan's leadership in the state legislature includes serving as Vice-Chair of the Senate Education Committee. She was also elected an Assistant Democratic Leader for the 1999 and 2001 legislative sessions. As a champion for Oregon's public schools, she worked to foster innovation in public schools, and remove barriers to achievement.
During Susan's legislative career, the Oregon Library Association, the Oregon Nurses Association, the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Centro LatinoAmericano, the Oregon Youth Authority, and Soroptomist International of the Americas recognized Susan for her service.
In addition to her duties as an elected official, Susan is a fellow in the American Leadership Forum, which is dedicated to bringing leaders together to strengthen their skills and better serve the public good. She is a board member of Birth to Three, a nationally recognized non-profit parenting education and support program dedicated to strengthening families.
Prior to entering public office, she enjoyed a long career as an award-winning television journalist for KVAL-TV in Eugene, Oregon.
She is married to Paul Machu and lives in Eugene.