Dr. Eddie Rodriguez has 28 years in public school education as an educator, curriculum science specialist and administrator. He was the founding principal of Edgewood’s Toltec Academy and Harlandale ISD’s STEM Early College High School-Alamo Colleges at Palo Alto College, where he served for five years prior to becoming the founding principal for CAST Med. He teaches a science methods course at Texas A&M University-San Antonio and has worked as a private consultant for many school districts in the state and across the nation. Dr. Rodriguez believes that because there are no entrance requirements for CAST schools, the model is creating equity within fields that are typically reserved for high achievers. “We take all students through a lottery system, allowing them each the opportunity to achieve their dreams,” he said. Dr. Rodriguez has a lifelong passion for science and has been known to tutor students in chemistry even when he served as a principal. At CAST Med, he is focused on graduating students who will go on to serve communities like the ones they come from, providing a pipeline of bilingual, culturally sensitive doctors and health professionals. In 2008, Eddie received a Fulbright Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State to travel to Mexico City and learn about its schools. He is leading the network’s nascent effort to offer international opportunities to all its students. A San Antonio native, Dr. Rodriguez has a Ph.D. in educational administration from Texas A&M College Station.
CAST Schools are partnership schools, co-created by industry, civic leaders, and other external partners, who participate in decisions about curriculum, budget, and school governance. In addition to their critical role in the school design, our partners provide mentorship, real-world work experiences, internships, and job opportunities, shaping the career readiness of students and helping them seamlessly transition into college or the workforce while nurturing a homegrown and committed source of talent.