State Board of Education Rep. Castulo Gonzalezadmin2023-11-02T12:17:04-07:00
Your Student Representative
W.F. West student Castulo Gonzalez will serve as the Western Washington student representative to the Washington State Board of Education during the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 school years. He is a voting member of the board and gets to participate in setting legislative priorities and policies that will impact education throughout the entire state of Washington.
Castulo wants to hear from you. Part of the job of student representative is to bring comments and questions about education in Washington to the board from his constituents.
Castulo Gonzalez is part of the W.F. West class of 2025. A proud Chicano (half Mexican, half American), his father was only able to complete his education through sixth grade before coming to America to seek a better life for himself and his future family, not without having many struggles along the way. Castulo’s first language was Spanish and he spent much of his childhood prior to kindergarten in Mexico. When it was time to start school, he came to the Chehalis School District where he found learning English in an immersive situation fairly easy.
“I love languages and I just get it,” he said.
Castulo is trilingual, speaking Spanish, English and French. In 9th grade at W.F. West, he had the opportunity to participate in leadership classes and learned that he loved not only being part of leadership, but also being an ambassador for his culture. The opportunity to expand both to a broader audience was what spurred him to apply for the student representative position on the State Board of Education.
“I’m the bridge between the students and the board and I have the ability to change some things for the better,” he said.
After High School, Castulo plans to attend Central Washington University to pursue a career in commercial aviation.