Alumnus Success Story
Kelly Stellmach Castillo graduated from Brown University with a bachelor's degree in biology and a teaching credential. She later earned her master's degree in secondary education from CSUN in 2008, as part of the Science Education cohort program. Ms. Castillo, a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Early Adolescent Science, is presently employed as a Common Core Instructional Coach in Arcadia Unified School District. As a first generation college student, Ms. Castillo elected to pursue education in order to provide students with equitable access to educational opportunities.
Ms. Castillo is currently pursuing her doctorate of education in preK-12 Educational Leadership at CSUN as a member of the PK-12 12 cohort. Her research interests include professional development as it relates to science teachers. Under the guidance of Dr. Brian Foley, Ms. Castillo is making progress on her dissertation, tentatively titled, The Impact of Professional Development on Teachers' Perceptions and Practices Regarding Inquiry-Based Science. She expects to complete her degree in August 2015.
Ms. Castillo works with the faculty of the Department of Secondary Education through the Computer Supported Collaborative Science (CSCS) program providing professional development to area science teachers. In this capacity, Ms. Castillo also assists in hosting a summer program for students on the CSUN campus with the support of Project GRAD. In past years, Ms. Castillo has worked under the direction of Dr. Mike Rivas in the Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP) and has teamed with Dr. Norm Herr to prepare pre-service teachers. Ms. Castillo has also presented with the CSCS team at a number of national conferences, including the American Educational Research Association, National Science Teacher Association, and Association for Science Teacher Education.