Dr. Omar Castillo earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Loyola University Chicago in 1996. He received his first Master of Science degree in Educational Administration in 1999 from The University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Castillo earned his second Master degree of Education in Instructional Technology in 2000 from Northern Illinois University. In 2000 he joined the doctoral program in Educational Administration and Foundations at Illinois State University.
Dr. Castillo has been a leader in educational support systems from the start of his career in the inner-city schools of Chicago as a junior high math teacher. His love for teaching and learning grew as he wanted to make a difference in the lives of more students and pursued his leadership goals. Dr. Castillo has nine years of building level school administration serving as the assistant principal of student services for two years and principal of a middle school for seven years. Dr. Castillo is currently in his tenth year as a school district administrator having served three years as an assistant superintendent of teaching and learning for three years and currently in his seventh year as a superintendent of schools. All of his experience has been in the state of Illinois.
Dr. Castillo’s dissertation, Instructional Decision Making in Two Middle Schools: A Comparative Study of a Comprehensive System of Student Support was supervised by the honorable Dr. Paul J. Baker. Dr. Castillo has presented his research as a practitioner at local and State-wide leadership workshops and conferences including the Illinois PBIS Summer Leadership Conference in northern Illinois and the Illinois PBIS Winter Leadership Conference in southern Illinois.