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Andrea Castañeda Selected As The Next Superintendent of Salem-Keizer Public Schools

By Logan Bowlby
March 18, 2023

During the night of March 7, the Salem-Keizer School Board named Andrea Castañeda as the next superintendent of Salem-Keizer Public Schools upon the retirement of current superintendent Christy Perry. 

Castañeda, who has served in education for more than 20 years, comes to Salem-Keizer after serving as Tulsa Public Schools’ Chief Talent and Equity Officer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education studies, history, and policy from Brown University and a master’s degree in education policy and management from Harvard University. 

“With experience leading at the state and district levels, Castañeda has a track record of success and a reputation for leading with humility and heart,” Superintendent Christy Perry said in an email out to Salem-Keizer Families, “In addition, she has a wealth of practical experience leading most departments of mid-sized and large public education systems, including finance, career and technical education, teaching and learning, and operations.” 

“Public schools are our most important institutions, and the joyful and challenging and important work of leading it is – it’s a privilege to spend a lifetime doing it, and it will be a privilege to spend the 24 hours in my days and seven days in my weeks doing it in Salem-Keizer with all of you,” Castañeda said. 

Castañeda will officially begin her job as superintendent beginning on July 1, 2023.