Kim Castagna is a 6th grade math, science and computer teacher at Carpinteria Middle School. For over 32 years, she has taught in both elementary and middle schools in California and New Hampshire. Her B.S is from CSU Fresno and her M.A. is from Fresno Pacific University. In 2006 she received the California Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence and was thrilled the nomination came from two of her sixth grade students.
Kim is a National JASON trainer who trains other teachers to utilize the JASON science curriculum. She is a teacher leader for Santa Barbara/Carpinteria Science Matters, which is designed to increase science content knowledge and NGSS utilization for 4th – 6th grade elementary teachers. She has presented at local, state and national science conferences. Her teaching expertise has been shared with prospective teachers completing their student teaching and beginning teachers completing their credentials. Kim has been featured on the local education television channel many times by being interviewed by the county superintendent of schools regarding education issues. In addition, her hands-on classroom practices have been featured demonstrating creative teaching methods.
Castagna joined CalTAC in 2015.