Silver Bracelet

Mr. Jesse Castellano

Jewelry and Drawing



I was born and raised in Arizona and have lived here all of my life.  I have been involved in art for most of that time and it is hard for me to imagine teaching anything else. My interest to teach art began in high school where my area of concentration was ceramics at the time. And even though I continued my studies in clay I found myself deeply interested in photography as well. 

In 1978 I did my student teaching at Mesa High School under the supervision of Dr. William McCarl, a former teacher of Mesa High. The following year I was hired to take over the duties of teaching photography where I served as the photography instructor for 34 years. My photography is still very much my interest in my own personal life even though I do not teach it anymore. After a short time of retirement I am now teaching Jewelry and Drawing at Dobson High School and thoroughly enjoying my new role and challenges here in the land of the Mustangs!


Casa Grande Union High School, 1974

Central Arizona College, A. A., 1976

Arizona State University, B.A. Art Education., 1979

Northern Arizona University, M.A. Educational Leadership, 1993


Teaching Experience:

Mesa High School Photography Instructor  1979-2013

Rio Salado Community College Adjunct Instructor 1981-1994

Dobson High School 2014-?