A little background on Mr. Casal…
Mr. Casal joined the Scarsdale team in late August, 2014. Prior to joining Scarsdale he was a technology teacher and technology coordinator within the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), beginning in 2003. He taught at both the elementary and middle school level during that time (and his prior teaching experience also includes high school students at Boston University).
Before joining the education ranks, Mr. Casal was at the forefront of streaming media, working for Ziff Davis Media during the dotcom boom of the late 90s. He built broadcast facilities, media encoders, developed programming, shot and edited feature stories, and covered conferences such as COMDEX and PC Expo for PC Week/eWeek and ZCast.tv. Some highlights include being backstage and engineering live webcasts for such seminal tech events as Bill Gates crashing Windows 98, ZDTV’s launch party with Devo, and President Clinton’s remarks at COMDEX 2000.
Most recently, Mr. Casal worked at PS 10, in Brooklyn, an NYCDOE school, beginning in 2009. He upgraded all the technology in the building, ensuring every classroom had at least one iMac and one MacBook. The school’s computer lab had 32 server-based iMacs. He also integrated Google Apps, iPads, and Chromebooks into the technology experience at PS 10. By June of 2014 all students in grades 2-5 were working within PS 10’s Google Apps environment, having access to their work from any Internet-connected device in the world.
In addition, PS 10 became the leader in social media use within the NYCDOE, having a very active Twitter account and three school-based hashtags. All of this created a vibrant, transparent learning environment embraced by students, parents, and teachers alike. Mr. Casal was also an active participant on the committee within the NYCDOE that crafted the Social Media Guidelines for staff, staff, students, and parents.
Mr. Casal brings his wealth of experience to Scarsdale eager to learn and grow even further. He is a Google Certified Educator and Google Apps Certified Administrator, as well as a Common Sense Media Graphite Certified Educator. He has a passion for mobile, the cloud, and social media.
If you have any questions regarding Heathcote’s technology or curriculum, feel free to contact Mr. Casal at any time.