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Maria Castilleja

Sanford Harmony Program
Trainer/Former Educator
Long Beach, California
  • Maria Castilleja was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela.
  • She worked in San Diego, California at the Sweetwater Union High School District since 1994. She served as an Assistant Principal at Hilltop High and Eastlake High Schools, Principal of Granger Junior High and Castle Park High. The last position she held was the one of Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Prior to working at the Sweetwater District, Ms. Castilleja worked as a high school teacher and counselor at San Diego Unified School District.
  • Ms. Castilleja holds a bachelors of arts in special education. She earned a masters degree in special education from Sanoma State University. She holds credentials in counseling, Spanish and school administration.
  • Ms. Castilleja has extensive background in the implementation of Common Core Standards and technology initiatives. She was responsible to plan and deliver professional development opportunities for over 1,500 classroom teachers.
  • She is the proud grandmother of 3 year-old Oliver.
  • Ms. Castilleja was an avid runner, and competed in over 30 half- and  full marathons. Currently she is committed to walking and riding her bicycle.
  • She lives in Long Beach, Californa.