Meet the Team

We are here to partner with students, faculty, staff, and families to help weave equity, inclusion and compassionate leadership (EICL) into the EPS community and way of life.

Bess McKinney
Social Science & EICL Co-Coordinator
US Advisor

“When I first walked onto the EPS campus, I was struck by the sense of community here—by the kindness and connectedness I observed around me.  Since that time, I’ve seen the ways in which our students and adults support one another and try, in small and big ways, to build a more equitable, inclusive, and compassionate world.

My work is to build upon this culture and support all our families.  This means increasing our capacity to talk about identity and difference and our understanding of the ways in which we are deeply interconnected.” – Bess McKinney

Ed Castro
Fine & Performing Arts (F&PA): Music &  EICL Co-Coordinator
US Advisor

“I continue to choose Eastside Preparatory School as my teaching home because this is a place where I can affect change. We have the opportunity to continue to grow this year as we broaden our perspectives and engage in dialogue with each other around what it truly means to be an equitable, inclusive, and diverse learning community. I look forward to continuing the work plan of my colleague Bess McKinney (currently on leave), and welcome the challenge of examining and strengthening our programming, systems, methods, and transparency of communication. I want everyone in our community to experience our commitment to showing respect for all and encouraging open collaboration and communication. We will actively, and with more purposeful intention, seek community members, content and opportunities that represent who we are as a welcoming and inclusive school.” -Dr. Ed Castro