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Message from Ms. J. Rodriguez, Principal


I am honored to continue reaching, teaching and inspiring students and teachers at Dr. Carlos Castañeda Elementary. I pride myself in being a servant leader to all my students, teachers, parents and community. My passion for education, my educational background, personal and professional experiences have helped shape my philosophy of education. I believe in educating the whole child from academics to developing and fostering their social emotional growth.


I was born in McAllen but lived in Culiacán, Los Mochis and Guasave, Sinaloa. My family moved to the United States when I was about 7 years old. I clearly remember walking across the United States and Mexico bridge to begin our journey for a better life. Needless to say, our desire for a better life was much bigger than the many obstacles we faced as a family and the many financial burdens we overcame. My parents’ hard work paved the way for my two siblings and I to earn our degrees. My experiences as an English language learner and my economically disadvantaged background drives my passion to ensure that we, as educators create the ultimate learning environment for all of our students. I, without a doubt believe that each one of our students have all the potential to be successful. 


I am not only a product of McAllen ISD, I am a proud parent as well. I am mom to two wonderful children, Gabby and Nick. They are my driving force. I am very blessed and proud to be their mom. I whole heartedly believe that McAllen ISD is the best place for all children, my own, included. Therefore, I am fully invested and committed to building positive relationships and fostering a safe and rigorous learning environment for all students.


I look forward to a wonderful new school year. Please feel free to reach out to me anytime at (956) 632-8882 or through email at


In Partnership,

Jessica Rodriguez, M. ED., Principal

Dr. Carlos Castañeda Elementary