Influencer of the Week: Kristy Castellanos, Legacy Charter High School

Kristy Castellanos always has an affirming attitude toward the students, even those who must receive redirection.

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As the new principal of Legacy Charter High School, Kristy Castellanos has risen to the challenge by being visible, encouraging and supportive of staff and students. She always has an affirming attitude toward the students, even those who must receive redirection. Expectations are high, and the students know Castellanos believes they can reach those expectations. 


What do you love most about your school?

I love how much the staff at Legacy cares for each and every student. Everyone here goes above and beyond to ensure that all students understand the course work. Teachers spend their lunches tutoring students and will stay after school to work with them. Everyone at Legacy wants the best for our students! I truly work with the most amazing people! 


What’s your favorite part of your role?

Working with the students. I meet with students on a regular basis because I want them to know that I care for them and believe in them. I want them to share their victories and struggles, encouraging them all the way and to let them know that the bad will pass and to never give up. 


What motivates you and pushes you to do your best?

My love of children and sharing in their success. I was a student that struggled in school, and luckily I had amazing teachers that always believed in me. I want to be that same way for all of my students. I want them to know that they can accomplish anything with hard work and dedication.   


What’s the nicest thing a student or faculty member has done for you?

One of my seniors is a former student of mine. He gave me a card for Christmas with a note letting me know how excited he was when he found out his favorite first grade teacher was going to be with him again for his senior year. That really made me smile, as I hope I have had a positive impact on all my former students. 


If you could take a vacation anywhere, where would you go?

A road trip around the United States. There are so many beautiful places around the United States that I haven’t seen. I also think it is fun meeting people from other states and learning about their culture. 


What do you like to do in your free time?

Spending time with my family creating memories is most important. You can also find me in downtown Winter Garden with my friends enjoying the restaurants and local events. I am an avid shopper, so any time that is an option I will be there. I also love to work out, and my gym, Hardcore Fitness, is like a second home.  


If you could meet anyone, from present day or throughout history, who would it be?

Ellen DeGeneres. I love her outlook on life and her sense of humor. 

“Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth, and everything else will come.” — Ellen DeGeneres 


Cats, dogs or other pets?

I love cats and dogs! I currently have a poodle named Charlie!


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