Retirement Celebration (Outdoor Reception) for Dr. Camille Casteel


    The outdoor come-and-go event scheduled in Dr. Casteel’s honor was intentionally designed to follow the COVID mitigation strategies currently in place for CUSD gatherings. Attendees will be outside for the duration. Capacity will be limited. RSVP is required so capacity can be monitored. Masks will be required and social distancing encouraged. Attendees will be encouraged to walk through a display depicting Dr. Casteel’s 50 years of service. Volunteers will be available to manage the flow of visitors.

    As we near the end of 2021 and recognize the accomplishments of students and staff, the best practices for COVID mitigation will remain a priority. High schools are hopeful they can increase the number of invitees to graduation as COVID-19 cases decline.

    Click here for an accessible version of Dr. Casteel's Retirement Celebration (outdoor reception) invitation.

    Shuttle buses will be provided from Chandler High School parking lots.

    Masks are required.

  • Dr. Casteel's Retirement Celebration (outdoor reception).

Click here to RSVP to attend outdoor reception
Click here to see or send best wishes to Dr. Casteel
Click here to donate to Dr. Casteel Scholarship (through Chandler Education Foundation)
  • "I was blessed that my parents were in a position to fund my dream of becoming a teacher.  I want Chandler Unified School District graduates to have the same opportunity so I began a scholarship fund during my tenure as Superintendent to help our students' dreams come true. 

    In lieu of a retirement gift, please consider making a tax deductible donation to the Chandler Education Foundation and help students attain a college education.

    Thank You."

    Dr. Camille Casteel

Best Wishes to Dr. Casteel

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Edward Ibanez wrote:
Have a great retirement Dr. Casteel! Thank you for all you have done for us students!
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.
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
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!!!!
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
Megan Vogus wrote:
Thank you, thank you for your years of support and dedication to us all! You will be so very missed!
Marlo Sackett wrote:
You will truly be missed Dr. Casteel.Best of wishes to you and yours!
Kerri Zitar wrote:
As a long time CUSD parent and teacher thank you for your leadership and service! You will be missed.
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.
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!
Mary Wong wrote:
Thank you for all you have done in making CUSD an awesome district! We will miss you! We will miss you!
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! :)
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.
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.
Lourdes Galindo wrote:
Dr. Casteel, your dedication and professionalism will be missed. Have a wonderful retirement!
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
Christopher Griffin wrote:
Huge congratulations, have a wonderful retirement and enjoy your celebrations.
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 -
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.
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!
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.
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
Michael Zdebski wrote:
Love you and thank you for getting me out of Michigan! Enjoy retirement and I'll see you on our sidelines!!
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!!!
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!
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!
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.
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
Melissa Stanley wrote:
Thank you for your leadership. Enjoy this next chapter in life of retirement.
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
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!
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.
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.
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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