Joel Castro Named NOCP CEO

NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans College Prep (NOCP) Board is pleased to announce the selection of Joel Castro as the next Chief Executive Officer of the charter management organization. His new role will take effect March 1, 2018. The selection was made after a national search process that started last fall and included interviews and on-campus meetings with teachers, students, parents, and the Board as well as a public Board presentation.

“We’re thrilled to have Joel join NOCP as our next CEO,” said Peter Harding, NOCP Board Chair. “We’re confident that his academic expertise, his proven leadership experience, and his commitment to our students, families, and staff will ensure a successful next chapter for the network.”

Castro joins NOCP with over twenty years of education experience, most recently serving as the Associate Superintendent of the Lubbock Independent School District in Texas. He was a founding principal of a charter high school in Houston that served an at-risk population and received the US Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon School Award. He started his career in education as an elementary and middle school teacher and held various administrative roles in the Houston Independent School District. Castro has a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas and is expected to receive his Doctorate in Education Administration from the University of Texas this coming May.

New Orleans College Prep (NOCP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that operates a network of public schools serving students from six weeks of age through 12th grade in Orleans Parish. NOCP schools include Walter L. Cohen College Prep, Lawrence D. Crocker College Prep, Sylvanie Williams College Prep, and the Hoffman Early Learning Center. NOCP's mission is to prepare students with academic and life skills for success in college, career, and beyond.