Sunday, May 24, 2015

Representative  Karen Castor Dentel

District 30

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Biographical Information

City of Residence:  Maitland

Occupation:  Public School Teacher

Spouse:  Eric Dentel

Child(ren):  Wyatt, Caroline

Education:  Chamberlain High School, diploma, 1986; Vanderbilt University, B.S., Elementary Education, 1986-1990; University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, M.Ed., Literacy Studies, 1992-1993; University of Florida, Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, 1997-2001

Born:  Tampa , FL

History:  Betty Castor, mother, former President of USF, Florida Commissioner of Education, State Senate Pro Tempore; Don Castor, father, retired Hillsborough County Judge; Sam Bell, step-father, former Florida Representative from Volusia County; Kathy Castor, sister, US Representative, District 14, from Hillsborough County; Frank Castor, brother, West Palm Beach County Judge

Religious Affiliation:  United Church of Christ

Recreational Interest:  birding, Florida history, politics, reading, spending time with family and friends, travel

Legislative Service

Elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2012


Dommerich Elementary School and Maitland Middle School, PTA member

Girl Scouts of Citrus Council, volunteer

League of Women Voters, Orange County

Orange County Regional History Center, Education Committee Chair, board member

Horizons Girls Club, Gainesville, founder, 1996-1998

Dommerich Elementary School Advisory Council, past member

Junior League of Greater Orlando, past Public Affairs Committee Chair, past member

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