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Stephanie Castillo-Johnson, Research Associate

scastil@wested.org

Stephanie Castillo-Johnson, Research AssociateSTEPHANIE is a Research Associate with the Working Together Project for the WestEd San Marcos office. As such, she coaches teachers in the principles of CA CSEFEL for the Teaching Pyramid project, evaluates Teaching Pyramid Partner sites, and serves as faculty for the BEGINNING TOGETHER Training-of-Trainer Institutes.

Previously, she was a Program Assistant for the California MAP to Inclusion & Belonging? Making Access Possible project of the Working Together office. She has six years experience working in early childhood classrooms including dedicated time with children with special needs.

Stephanie also has experience working in a non-profit agency focusing on educational research and development. Among her many talents are developing curriculum based on individual and classroom needs, as well as engaging children in innovative and creative activities using all modalities of learning.

A true believer in the importance of helping children in developing mindfulness, and ways to calm their bodies and minds, Stephanie completed a yoga teacher training for children through Radiant Child Yoga, and has enjoyed developing yoga curriculum for use by children and participants at various trainings and conferences.

Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communicative disorders from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque and a Master's degree in early childhood special education from the University of San Diego.

Stephanie and her husband Ben enjoy road trips, camping and snow skiing, often accompanied by their dog Bernie, when they are not entertaining friends.