MERCED, CA – Our schools play a very important part in our children’s lives and we only want the best and most responsible people looking after our children. But Merced area schools seem to be failing at doing just that. Recently we brought you the story of Merced County Sheriff Brian Miller who works as a resource officer at Romero elementary School in Santa Nella, after he was successfully sued for sexual assault on a 14-year-old girl that lasted for two years.
And now, a teacher at Rivera Middle school has sent MCNTV News several stories about her fellow teachers and Union members, shining a light on some pretty shady educators and their supervisors that seem to allow the bad behavior at the cost of our children’s education. One such teacher has multiple DUI arrests including a charge of “Likely Harm To Child” on April 11, 2015.
According to Rivera Middle school’s music teacher, Maria Brouillard there is “stuff going on at Chenoweth. I can’t really share too much since none of it has been made public knowledge, but let’s put it this way: I will never send my kids to Chenoweth or Peterson after the stuff I have heard about those schools the last couple years. I ESPECIALLY wouldn’t send my second grader to Chenoweth, although some of the problem teachers retired at the end of last year.”
One of those “problem” teachers, Maria stated, is a Chenoweth second grade teacher named Mary Castillo and according to Maria, Mrs. Castillo, 45, not only has a drinking problem, but a drug problem, too. “Multiple DUIs (and I know it was alcohol and drugs),” Maria wrote to MCNTV News. “She was even sent to rehab at one point to try to get out of one of the charges.”
After a check of the Sheriff’s departments records we were able to confirm that indeed Mrs Castillo had been arrested for a DUI in early 2013 which was prosecuted as a misdemeanor on 04/05/2013 and she was freed with time served, though no actual time shows as being served. In October of 2014 she was again arrested for Public Intoxication of Alcohol, another misdemeanor’
Then on April 11, 2015, she was again arrested for DUI, Operating a Motor Vehicle While On Probation For a DUI and Likely Harm To A Child. All of these charges were considered misdemeanors again and second grade teacher Mary Castillo was able to walk away with only a citation.
Mary Castillo’s pay for 2014 shows she received $84,535.96 a year with “other pay” at $1,636.00 and benefits totaling $7,353.62, Mary’s total pay in 2014 was $93,525.58 as a second grade teacher. Mary’s to an online search Mary is originally from New York and worked at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the New York State Tourism Industry Association before moving to Merced to become a teacher.
An email was sent to both Mary Castillo and the school district requesting a comment, but they have not yet responded.