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Redwood Christian Middle School Principal Albert Castaneda is now Dr. Albert Castaneda

Earlier this month, Dr. Castaneda participated in the graduation festivities at Columbia International University.  He was joined by his family, RCS Superintendent, Dr. Hearne, and former RCS Principal, Dr. Warner.  The hooding ceremony took place on Thursday, December 8 and the graduation on Friday, December 9th. Congratulations, Dr. Castaneda!

On Friday, July 22, Redwood Christian Middle School Principal Albert Castaneda was awarded his doctorate by Columbia International University.   Dr. Castaneda completed his course work and dissertation in three years.  His dissertation was titled “A Kingdom View of Christian Education” focusing on  the “Perceptions of Pastors of Churches and Superintendents of Independent Christian Schools.”  

Dr. Castaneda graduated from Redwood Christian High School in 1984 and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in History from BIOLA University (1991), and his Masters Degree from Chapman University in Education (2009).  Dr. Castaneda returned to his alma mater as a Bible and Physical Education teacher and coach in 1991.  He was named the Redwood Christian Middle School Principal in June 2022.  He had been serving as Assistant Principal at Redwood Christian Middle School and High School since 2009.

Dr. Castaneda and his wife Julie (Perry-Castaneda, RCHS Class of 1987 and currently on staff)  have four children: Alicia (Class of 2015), Joel (2017), Abigail (2022) and Joshua (Class of 2025).  They live in Castro Valley and are active at Gateway Bible Church of Castro Valley, where he serves as an Elder.

Superintendent Emeritus Bruce D. Johnson remembers Dr. Castaneda as a high school athlete who modeled for his team and others the “very best of Christian traits in a young man and was recognized as someone with personal integrity and a strong work ethic.  His wife, Julie, was our Senior Female Athlete of the Year in 1987.  When he applied to teach at his alma mater after graduating from college in 1991, we hired him confident he would make the positive contributions he has made in the 32 years he has been on staff, and will make in the future.”

Dr. Al Hearne, Superintendent of Redwood Christian Schools, stated “Dr. Castaneda has persevered relentlessly over the past three years working on his doctorate while playing a key role during Covid ensuring that our students received a quality, Christ-centered education.  Our entire school community recognizes him as a godly leader and is very proud of him.”


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