About Mr. Michael Buist...
Thank you for choosing Casteel High School. CUSD realizes that families have many choices for their children’s education. My promise is to provide a vigorous curriculum where students are challenged, experience success, learn to effectively struggle with interesting and accelerated topics across the curriculum, and develop the communication skills to learn and work in a changing world.
My Education and Professional Background
This is my 25th year as a professional educator, my fourth at CCHS. I worked with gifted learners for 14 years, eight at Knox Gifted Academy, four at Ryan Elementary, and two at Tarwater. I've taught 3rd, 5th, and 6th grades. I earned my BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan, a post-baccalaureate from Michigan State University, and an M Ed from Northern Arizona University. Plus, I am certified by the State of Arizona to teach gifted students.
My Educational Philosophy
I am a guide assisting students in learning through vigorous explorations. I understand that our students are informed, innovative, intense, inquisitive, and inspiring. I strive to establish a global learning community that fosters and celebrates taking academic risks, maintain an environment that provides purposeful access to myriad tools and technologies to explore and expand ideas, and challenge our students to construct, evaluate, and communicate powerful connections between content areas and life. I consider myself a partner with parents in our endeavors to provide students with experiences that challenge, reward, and build confidence that fuels them as lifelong learners.