In a 9-0 vote, the Birmingham Board of Education selected Dr. Castlin-Gacutan as its new superintendent on Tuesday, May 12.
Dr. Castlin-Gacutan was born in Birmingham and grew up in Hueytown. Her mother is a graduate of Wenonah High School and her late father is a graduate of Western-Olin High School, both Birmingham schools. Her mother and stepfather still live in Hueytown. She is married to Pedro Gacutan. They have a blended family of four children, ages 20, 19, 15 and 14. On second reference, peers call her Dr. G.
In her more than 20 years in education, she’s worked as a teacher, assistant principal, a principal, director of grants and as an assistant professor. Her early teaching career involved teaching in Japan for a year. She worked as chief of school operations for the Bibb County School System in Macon, Ga. for two years before being selected to serve as the system’s interim superintendent from December 2014 to April 2015. She returned to her job as chief of school operations in April 2015. She said she’s looking forward to helping people see more of the positive things that are happening within Birmingham schools. She also wants to meet students, parents, teachers and staff to get feedback. She expects to start by July 1.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to be a part of a school district that is so open and ready to do innovative and creative things for children,'' she said of Birmingham. "I want everyone to know that I'm committed to Birmingham in every way. My family will join me there. It is really a new beginning for us.’’
“I know that together, with the community, we are going to do some awesome things,’’ she said. “The sky is the limit for us. It really is.’’
She received her bachelor of science in psychology from Tennessee State University; master of education in early childhood education from Brenau University; and doctor of education in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.