David Castillo, Outgoing Head of School


David Castillo is head of school at Urban Montessori Charter School, a nationally-recognized breakthrough school model in Oakland, CA. Prior to Urban Montessori, David was the Oakland Regional Director with the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) for two years. At CCSA, David spearheaded citywide advocacy for Oakland’s growing, dynamic, and controversial charter sector. From 2002 - 2012 David served as founding teacher then principal at Oakland Unity High School, a high-performing charter school transforming lives for first-generation college students. His work in the public education landscape also includes several years as a team leader with the Charter Schools Development Center’s annual charter leader intensive boot camp program.

David has served on multiple charter school and advocacy boards, including Unity Schools, Community School for Creative Education, Oakland Families for Quality Schools, Enroll Oakland Charters, Oakland Families for Quality Schools and GO Public Schools. David co-chaired the Oakland Public Schools Equity Pledge enrollment working group.    

Prior to pursuing his passion for high quality public education, David worked in the private tech sector. He completed his Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science from San Francisco State in 2002, and obtained a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Cal State University East Bay in 2009.


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