When Larry Castellanos was in kindergarten at the Talented & Gifted School for Young Scholars, it probably never occurred to him that he would return to the very same school years later as the school’s computer technology specialist. Larry is responsible for maintaining the technology in the school—from the existing infrastructure to any new technology that may be added. “I’m the person they consult when it comes to improving the school’s technology and upkeep of it,” says Larry. “I’m also the data analyst—we have state tests every year, and I’m responsible for analyzing data, converting raw numbers into something presentable, and finding trends within the data.” Larry is also involved with the Guppy Tank App Challenge, an initiative created by CA and PENCIL, a nonprofit that partners businesses and public schools.
How did Larry get interested in technology in the first place? It may all have started when he and his fourth-grade class took a field trip to CA’s headquarters almost a decade ago. “The CEO asked if anyone had questions,” remembers Larry. “I asked him what his typical day was like—and that’s when he started the President for a Day program.” The idea was to introduce students to CA and technology as a career—and Larry was the first CA President for a Day. He spent a day getting an inside look at a major technology company—and that’s one reason he works in technology now. “To be exposed that early in my life to the possibilities really opened my eyes to what could be,” says Larry.
Today, that includes using his data analysis skills to play a role in the progress of his school’s students. “I enjoy being able to contribute by helping the teachers pinpoint the strength of education and the curriculum where Common Core ends and where these students need help,” explains Larry.
“It’s great to be able to use technology to help improve the education and progress of the school.”