Scott Castro was born in Pasco County, Florida; he is the youngest of 5 brothers and 5 sisters; his family moved from Florida when he was very young and he started his first days of school at the Coastal Georgia Head Start in Collins Georgia. Scott went to Reidsville Elementary, transferred to a school in Florida due to family work in agriculture, also he went to Toombs County Middle School, a school in Dalton Georgia where he attended Dalton West Side Middle School for over 6 months, later he moved back home to Tattnall County with his father and began attending school in Reidsville Middle School; it was nearing the end of his 6th grade year’ when he was again forced to transfer schools; this time to Clinton, North Carolina. His father got a job contract in North Carolina to pick and load cucumbers, bell peppers, jalapenos, and eggplants for a local farmer. Scott always helped his dad in his work, anything he could do from working in the fields to handling paper work, he would do it. He started his 9th grade year at Hobbton High School in Newton Grove North Carolina. He attended school there for three months until his father’s work was finished and they were forced to move back to Tattnall County, and to start at Tattnall County High. There Scott continued to work for his father after school, on the weekends, and holidays and he also has his own job of working in chicken houses right after school. Scott struggled at home due to my family’s problems; although he tried to not allow this to affect his school, at times it did. Scott has been given a lot of obstacles throughout his life that have given him thoughts of quitting school and sticking to working because that is all he has ever known and seen. But, due to the fact that he has a very supportive family and also an amazing staff to look up to at Tattnall County High, he has made it and he is going to graduate as an honor graduate from Tattnall County High School on May 24, 2013.
Scott received the 2013 Migrant Student of the Year Award during the Superintendent's Recognition Ceremony held at the Georgia Department of Education on May 17, 2013. The Georgia Migrant Education Program wishes Scott the best in his future endeavors!
2012 Georgia Migrant Education Program State Conference
2012 GA MEP State Conference AGENDA
2012 GA MEP State Conference CONCURRENT SESSIONS
2012 GA MEP State Conference Presentations
2012 Summer Programs in Georgia
Summer programs are a pivotal element of Migrant Education Program (MEP)supplemental services. The summer time provides immense opportunities to extend learning and bridge any gaps caused by high mobility patterns and academic disruption during the regular school year. Additionally, services dedicated to out-of-school youth and dropouts increase during this time, providing a pathway for project plans from local educational agencies, community organizations, post-secondary educational institutions, and the state Migrant Education Program.
Click on these links for information about Title I, Part C Migrant Education Summer Programs in Georgia for 2012:
2011 Migrant Student of the Year – Jamie Ornelas
Jamie Ornelas graduated from Tattnall County High School with a 4.0 G.P.A. and as an Honors Graduate of Excellence. To achieve that honor, 70% of a student’s courses must be Honors or A.P. classes. Jamie stated the most difficult part of high school was being unable to go out with her friends because she had to stay home and study “but it was worth it”, she said. In her spare time, Jamie played for the school’s soccer team. Jamie developed her interest in business while working for her father. She ran the payroll and performed administrative tasks in her father’s business. Seeing how responsible Jamie was at work, her father encouraged her to pursue this area of study. In high school, she enrolled in accounting and businesses classes to further her passion for Business studies.
Jamie will be attending Brewton Parker College in the fall and will pursue a major in Business Management and Accounting. Because of all her hard work, Jamie is a recipient of the Hope Scholarship and will receive an athletic scholarship to play soccer for the Lady Barons as a forward. Jamie would like to credit her success to Autumn Hall, Migrant Support Staff for Tattnall County High School, for encouraging her to attend college. Jamie has two older brothers and two younger siblings and she is the first in her family to attend college.
2010 Georgia Migrant Education Program Conference
This will be the fifth year that the Georgia Migrant Education Program collaborates with Valdosta State University and the College of Education in order to find new and innovative ways to serve, support and foster the academic achievement of the Migrant population in the state.
The goal of this conference is to bring public schools, colleges, community organizations, and supportive individuals together to increase the knowledge, understanding, and awareness of the issues surrounding access to higher education for migrant students. This year, we will offer sessions focusing on Georgia Migrant Education Program reports, updates and current efforts and initiatives statewide, new Migrant Education Program eligibility requirements, migrant parental engagement, scholarships, and leadership opportunities for migrant students among others.
The conference is scheduled for Monday, December 13th, from 11:00 - 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday, December 14th, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. at the University Center in Valdosta State University.
For more information, please call the Southern Pine Migrant Education Agency at 1-866-505-3182
2010 Georgia Migrant Education Honor Graduate
Congratulations to Yeni Y. Hernandez, recipient of the 2010 Georgia Migrant Education Honor Graduate at the Excellent Recognition Program ceremony. Yeni has expressed her desire to foster her educational experience and is considering post-secondary educational opportunities (college or research university) in her native Mexico. She is interested in all the academic possibilities that a college education has to offer and has not yet decided what degree she has her heart set on. Yeni noted that regardless of where her college experience may take place, she will certainly take the wealth of knowledge and academic excellence from her Georgia high school: Franklin County High School. Yeni is very proud to be the first generation to graduate from high school in her family and to have done so as a migrant student. Hard work and dedication are the driving forces in all personal and academic endeavors and she hopes that she may be an inspiration for other migrant students in Georgia.
In the picture above: Yeni Y. Hernandez, 2010 Georgia Migrant Education Honor Graduate, in company of her mom (left) and Maria Rodriguez (right), Migrant Consortium Education Outreach Specialist.