Degrees and Certifications:
University of Texas San Antonio
Ms. Melinda Castaño
I have been teaching at Eisenhower Middle School for my entire teaching career beginning in 2003-2004 school year! Why teach anywhere else but the BEST school on Earth????
I love to teach and wouldn't change it for the world. Since I was at St. Gerard Elementary, Eastside of San Antonio, I knew I always loved math. I also knew that I could explain it to my friends so that they could understand. So although I first attended UT Austin to study Engineering, there was a greater calling for me to teach children to love Math! I always strive to teach Math in such a way that students think of it as easy, what better way to begin to love it?
In my classroom, we celebrate mistakes! "Making mistakes in math class is like sweating in basketball. It is a part of the process and a sure sign of being in the game." I don't know whose quote this is, but it resonantes with me. If you are trying and putting in effort, you will make mistakes! Those who don't put in effort won't make mistakes, and are also not learning. If you are playing basketball, you will break a sweat. Those who aren't sweating at all are not really playing, and not getting better.
This year, I will be making mistakes as well! I am learning how to teach in a different way. So please let me know my mistakes, and how to improve! Please show me and all of your teachers some grace and forgive us for not being perfect on this new platform. We really are all in this together, none of us have ever experienced what the world is going through right now. Now is the time to remain calm, yet vigilant. We are all building character and resilience right now. We've got this! We can conquer this!
I love to dance! I attend online dance classes at least twice a week (salsa, bachata, etc). My whole family lives here in San Antonio, so you will hear me talk about them a lot. I have two of the best little four legged friends in the world! Sophie and Samson are my two terrier mutts that make me go home on time each day from work :)
1st Period (8:30 - 9:35) 8th Math3rd Period (9:40 - 10:45) 8th Math
5th Period (10:50 – 11:55) 8th Math
B Lunch (12:00 - 12:40)
7th Period (12:45 - 1:50) 8th Math
2nd Period (8:30 - 9:35) 8th Math Workshop4th Period (9:40 - 10:45) Conference/Planning
6th Period (10:50 – 11:55) 8th Math Workshop
B Lunch (12:00 - 12:40)
8th Period (12:45 - 1:50) 8th Math Workshop