Best Wishes to Dr. Casteel

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Maria Menconi wrote:
I arrived in Arizona in 1987 specifically to work with you Camille, and to have the honor of serving in a great school district. You inspired me to do my best work and I learned so much from you. I feel privileged to have worked with you and I've treasured your guidance and your friendship throughout my career and into retirement.Enjoy your time, with Tom and the rest of your family. You can leave knowing you did an amazing job making CUSD the best district I know. With love and hugs! Maria
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Michael McKelvy wrote:
Thank you for creating and nurturing the family atmosphere that pervades the Chandler Unified School District and enables Science is Fun to thrive. You have led Chandler to become the Premier District of Choice. Our Chandler Community is in a much better place because of you. Thank you! All the best as you move on to the next chapter of life's journey.
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Kristy Braaksma wrote:
Thank you, Dr. Casteel for your fierce dedication to meeting the needs of our students, our staff, and our community. Your leadership through it all has been an inspiration! Please enjoy every minute of your retirement...although you will sincerely be missed, you have earned it!
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Sheila F. Minder wrote:
Dr. Casteel,Thank you for your generous gift of your love for education. I hope that the rest of your time will be filled with joy, peace, happiness, and lots of hugs and love. It has been a blessing working under your leadership. Take care of yourself.
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Dr. Catherine Chen-Tsai wrote:
Your name is etched in the stonework of CUSD and written upon the hearts of its students, teachers, and administrators. My family thanks you for your leadership in establishing a loving, thoughtful, and rigorous team of educators who purposefully stretch their children's abilities and imaginations. During this unprecedented storm (when the most courageous souls grew faint), your vision and steadfastness navigated a cautious, safe, and above all hopeful path for us all. Blessings to you Dr. Casteel!!! Catherine, Thomas, Raymond, and Aaron Tsai
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Laurel Miller wrote:
It's been a pleasure to serve on your Superintendent/Faculty Advisory Committee and teach under your leadership Dr. Casteel. I will never forget how you traveled to our site each school year and truly listened to your employees; no matter how large the district grew. We have felt heard. Enjoy retirement life!
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Mary Contreras wrote:
Camille, Thank you for being a tireless leader in search of excellence. You have always set the bar high for our community and our children. Thank goodness for you, your insights, and your gift of 50 years to our service. Your consideration for others has always been apparent, right up to your parting celebration. Cheers to you!
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Laureen Pugh wrote:
I am so proud to have known you - I was on the board for CEF for many years and had to resign because of health issues at the time. I enjoyed working with you on the Golf tournament and giving out scholarships at the Castle. You always had a smile on your face and you remembered everyone by name. You were such a joy to be around at the different events, you made such a difference at them. Thank you for everything you did.
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Kathy Tilque wrote:
Camille, welcome to the retirement club! It is a new world and a new day that I know you will excel in as you have over the last 50 years. I treasure the time working with you over the many years and I thank you for your service to the CUSD community. I wish you and Tom all the best. Take care, my friend!
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Maureen Sniff wrote:
Congratulations on your many dedicated years of service to CUSD, it's students and it's staff. You were an amazing leader and always a positive influence. Having worked in two states and numerous sizes of Districts you made the job appear easier than it is. On top of it all you always did this with grace and polish and empathy. Enjoy what's to come!
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San Tan Credit Union wrote:
Thank you for making a difference for so many, in so many ways. Best wishes for the next adventure in your life.
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Phil and Karen Gonzales wrote:
Thanks so much your years of dedication, expertise and compassion to all the teachers and staff at CUSD. We also want to personally thank you for the support you gave our family during our son's illness. You will truly be missed, and we hope you enjoy your retirement.
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Jana Phillips wrote:
Your dedication has been to the children and your staff! You are the most humble person and you deserve a huge celebration in your honor and I for one know as usual you do not need that...I know your only wish is that the Chandler District will be successful.
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Diane Bruening wrote:
Your contributions to Chandler Unified School District students, families, staff - and the larger Chandler community - have been above and beyond, Camille, for many, many years. We are grateful for how you have so positively touched the future of so many. db
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William Duarte wrote:
Camille, I wish you well in your retirement. You have forged a successful career that has given leadership to a district that is thriving because of it. You have left a legacy, and I can only hope to follow the footprints you have left in doing so. I hope you enjoy yourself and your family Camille, it has been a pleasure to learn from you.
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Stephanie Reeves wrote:
You have served as a role model and inspiration! Thank you for setting the bar high for our students and staff. May your retirement be as rewarding as your years of service.
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Caryn Butler wrote:
A well-deserved retirement awaits you! Thank you for everything you have done for our community and district, as well as for me personally. You probably don't remember but you did my 2nd interview and must have given the green light to hire me. I appreciate that. It's been a wonderful ride!
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Edward Ibanez wrote:
Have a great retirement Dr. Casteel! Thank you for all you have done for us students!
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Kevin and Mary Nelson wrote:
The Chandler Unified School district schools have been a wonderful experience for our twin girls who are now graduating from CHS and we could not be more proud of them and this amazing school district which we have so blessed to be a part of. Thank you Dr. Casteel for all your hard work and dedication. We will miss you, and wish you all the very best.
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Leticia Velarde wrote:
The years of dedication to our District and community has span decades. As a staff and parent whose children all attended CUSD, I am so thankful for the ongoing commitment and service you have demonstrated. Your actions will be forever remember and appreciate by countless individuals who have been students and staff members of CUSD. You at our helm coupled by outstanding staff and school board members, have had the best interest and navigated the waters of expansion, service, and changing times
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Ellie Meyer wrote:
As a student in the Chandler District, thank you so much for all that you have done for us. You have made this district amazing. Enjoy retirement, as you deserve it!!!!
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Kathleen Dowler wrote:
It is difficult to put into words how much you are appreciated for amazing leadership during your tenor as Superintendent. It is my prayer that you are blessed with contentment on a job well done, peace in your transition to retirement, good health to enjoy your free time, and many moments of happiness. Thanks for "all" that you have done for the children in our community, including the disenfranchised. Camille, you are very special indeed. Sincerely, Kathleen Dowler
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Megan Vogus wrote:
Thank you, thank you for your years of support and dedication to us all! You will be so very missed!
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Marlo Sackett wrote:
You will truly be missed Dr. Casteel.Best of wishes to you and yours!
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Kerri Zitar wrote:
As a long time CUSD parent and teacher thank you for your leadership and service! You will be missed.
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Rick Heumann wrote:
Camille I am very happy for you but sad for Chandler. You have been amazing in your tenure at CUSD. It was my pleasure working with you when I served on the city council. I only wish you the best in your next journey.
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Julie Craig wrote:
Camille, Thank you so much for all you have done for the Chandler Community. I am so glad we chose to send our children to Chandler Schools. Enjoy retirement!
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Mary Wong wrote:
Thank you for all you have done in making CUSD an awesome district! We will miss you! We will miss you!
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Deanna Bessette wrote:
Dr. Casteel, thank you so much for all of your years and dedication to our school district! As a product of Chandler Schools and a 19 year CUSD teacher, I believe that our district is the absolute best! As wonderful of a job as you have done and as much as we will miss you, I am so happy for you to enjoy the next chapter in your life! Happy retirement- cheers! :)
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Susan Skousen wrote:
Fifty years shows great dedication! Thank you for focusing your attention to Chandler Unified. We are better because of your leadership and vision.
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Alex Ramirez wrote:
Thank you so much for what you have done for this district and myself. Hope you and Tom enjoy your retirments together. Again, thanks so much.
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Lourdes Galindo wrote:
Dr. Casteel, your dedication and professionalism will be missed. Have a wonderful retirement!
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Tim Dougherty wrote:
Camille...while I have only worked with you for the last 3 years, I think I can easily say that my experience in CUSD80 has been a blessing. You were always approachable and easy to talk with. The impact that you have had on one of the most visible districts in the state of Arizona will always shine brightly with your name. I wish you all the best in retirement and thanks for all you did for the students and families in CUSD80. Best regards, Tim and Kim Dougherty
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Christopher Griffin wrote:
Huge congratulations, have a wonderful retirement and enjoy your celebrations.
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Janet Hartkopf wrote:
Dr Casteel, If buildings were set in blood, sweat and tears, you would have built and left behind a thriving metropolis. You have fought the good fight and finished the race, congratulations on a well-deserved retirement! All the Best -
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Jennifer Darnall wrote:
Congratulations on your retirement, you so deserve this! There are a handful of people you meet in your lifetime that have a significant impact on you, both professionally and personally. You are one of those people to me. Your mentorship and friendship mean so much and I wish you the best.
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Steve Yontez wrote:
Congrats on your well-earned retirement. It really has been a pleasure to teach in this district. I have been here 15 years, and I think we continue to be ahead of the game in regards to helping students achieve success. Enjoy your next phase and thank you again for being a true leader. Steve Yontez, Basha E., COA, Jacobson!
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Linda Williams wrote:
All school districts need someone as dedicated and creative as you...imagine...from college to retirement! I am so happy that your celebration will be in April, and I will be able to attend! I was worried that it would be in June when I'm out of state. Looking so forward to seeing you and many others! Working with you was such a pleasure! Love you.
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Carol Lynn Wood wrote:
Happy Retirement! Enjoy life to the fullest! Thanks for giving me my start to 35 fantastic years in Chandler! Carol Wood
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Michael Zdebski wrote:
Love you and thank you for getting me out of Michigan! Enjoy retirement and I'll see you on our sidelines!!
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Christine Munsell wrote:
Thank you for all your years of hard work and dedication to the district. We are all so very happy for you! Congratulations on your retirement!!!
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Candace Fern wrote:
Dr. Casteel, Congratulations and best wishes on your retirement! Thank you for all the support during your years of service! Enjoy retirement! You deserve it!
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Renee Howell wrote:
Dr. Casteel, Thank you for your steady leadership of our district over the years. I've taught in CUSD for 26 years and you have been the superintendent for almost all of my time here. I really appreciate your focus on students first, strong belief that CUSD teachers are special--and deserve to be recognized, and I appreciate your open door policy. Enjoy your well deserved next chapter!
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Rudy and Roselinda Apodaca wrote:
We owe you a tremendous debt of gratitude for everything you have done for CUSD and the Chandler Community. All the work you have done has cemented an indelible legacy that will serve many generations to come. Now it is time for you to pursue the enrichment of your own life just as you have enriched countless other lives. You will be missed and remembered and revered.
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Cassandra Skufca wrote:
Dr. Casteel, you have been a staple in our district - it will be quite odd having someone new in the position. Thank you for your commitment and devotion to CUSD all these years! You will be missed, but I wish you well in your retirement. Hope you can enjoy some well-deserved relaxation. Sincerely, Cassie Skufca
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Melissa Stanley wrote:
Thank you for your leadership. Enjoy this next chapter in life of retirement.
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Dr. Valerie Dopp wrote:
Thank you, Dr. Casteel, for being a pillar in our community and an advocate for the arts. Your leadership has set a shining standard for CUSD. We love you! Valerie Dopp
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Robert Basil wrote:
You are an amazing educator, leader and woman. We have been very blessed to have you as our boss. We will miss you!
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Rebecca Thompson wrote:
Dr. Casteel, It has been a true pleasure to have spent half of my educational career under your leadership. You are a true inspiration for educators and for women. On a personal note, your efforts in grooming my Madison when she was Student Body President are still warmly spoken of in my home; Madison remains forever inspired by the role you played in her leadership. My family wishes you a very happy retirement.
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Patti and Bil Bruno wrote:
Camille: Wow, where have the years gone. You have been an amazing leader and friend. You lead with humility, you strive for the best in all that you do. You have helped to make CUSD the best District in the State. We, the citizens, thank you for your many years of service to our kids and to our community. We will miss your smiling face. Enjoy your retirement.
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Jeff La Benz wrote:
Thank you, Dr. Casteel, for your kind and steady servant leadership through some challenging times over these many years -- always focused on the well-being, educational opportunities and experiences of students and their families. Your dedication is so appreciated -- especially by me and my family! Wishing you the best always and now in your retirement. Jeff and Gina, Alexis and Jacob La Benz

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