Our Upper School teachers blend a passion for teaching with disciplinary expertise and a genuine compassion and affection for the young adults who are their students. Upper School students largely view their teachers as subject experts and mentors rather than authoritarian figures, a view that makes the ultimate transition to college much smoother.
80% of our Upper School teachers hold advanced degrees in addition to the baccalaureate degree, and almost half of those teachers hold a doctorate or terminal degree in their field of study.
B.S. Spanish & Secondary Education, St. Cloud State University
M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, University of Minnesota
Rolando Castellanos, who grew up in Cuba, has taught Upper School Spanish at SPA since 1995. “I try to inspire my students’ appreciation for other languages and cultures,” he says, “and to help students advance in their quest for learning.” He has been voted Minnesota Spanish Teacher of the Year and is a member and past president of the Minnesota chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures. He is particularly interested in using computer and Internet-based technologies to enhance teaching and learning. In Cuba, he earned a B.S in secondary education and geography and he holds a B.S. in secondary education from St. Cloud State University and an M.Ed. from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Castellanos travels widely, and has spent time in Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Ecuador, Spain, and Canada.