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Melissa Alcala

Dr. Melissa Alcala

With decades of experience in the classroom and at the helm of high-performing schools, Dr. Melissa Alcala is helping to ignite the next generation of entrepreneurs and techies. Dr. Alcala has a background in math and computer science, and a demonstrated history of STEM integration and project-based learning. Prior to founding CAST Tech, the network’s flagship school, Dr. Alcala led STEM Academy, a grades 6-12 magnet school, in the North East Independent School District. She is passionate about student voice and works to infuse student participation into every aspect of CAST Tech. Students regularly participate in industry advisory groups, establish school clubs, and give feedback during annual focus groups. As Dr. Alcala works to create an engaging and dynamic learning environment connected to industry and higher education partners, she values the personalized learning approach with real-world projects that CAST Tech students can pursue. “It helps students stay engaged and ensures that learning is relevant.” Dr. Alcala earned her Doctorate of Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she focused on educational leadership.

Here at CAST Tech, we enjoy working with all stakeholders to create a learning community that knows each student individually by name. Working collaboratively with industry and higher education institutions, we are creating meaningful and relevant educational experiences to ensure our students achieve the skill-sets and education necessary to be future ready!"

Advisory Board

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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.

  • Bill Phillips, University Health System
  • Bret Piatt, Jungle Disk
  • David Heard, Tech Bloc
  • Deborah Carter, Bexar County
  • Doug Mathes, AT&T
  • Gavin Gallagher, H-E-B
  • Jimmy Stead, Frost Bank
  • Joe Shannon, Whataburger
  • Kayvee Kondapalli, Firstmark Credit Union
  • Crystal Allbritton, Frost Bank
  • Jeremy Karney, Bright HealthnGroup
  • Judy Geelhoed, SAISD Foundation
  • Lorenzo Gomez, Geekdom
  • Matt Reedy, Addiction Resources Systems
  • Rene Dominguez, Velocity, TX
  • Melba Harris, Wahtaburger
  • Suzanne Peterson, Frost Bank
  • Albert Uresti, AT&T
  • Romanita Barrera, SA Works
  • Heather Plank, T. Donovan Creative
  • Sydney Montero, Whataburger
  • Marty Sixkiller, Codeup
  • Bill Mundt, University Health System
  • Celena Dortch, USAA
  • Cristina Duarte, CPS Energy
  • Glenda Cook, CAST Tech Parent
  • Greg Thorne, Firstmark Credit Union
  • Katie Chain, H-E-B
  • Jeremy Price, Rackspace
  • John Norman, San Antonio ISD
  • Shaun Edwards, Plus One Robotics
  • Natalie Karney, Jobward