Tustin Unified Announces New Administrative Appointments
- January 30, 2019
- Posted by: Cuselleration
- Category: News
The Tustin Unified School District has announced the following administrative appointments:
Ali del Castillo, assistant principal at Tustin High School, has been named Coordinator of Secondary Education in the Educational Services Department at the District Administration Center. She will begin her new position on July 1. She has served as an assistant principal at Tustin High for the past three-and-a-half years.
Del Castillo has worked in education for more than 16 years. Prior to joining TUSD, she was a high school assistant principal in the San Bernardino City Unified School District. She also has been a secondary education program specialist, academic coach and teacher in English Language Arts.
Del Castillo has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Riverside; a master’s degree in instructional leadership from Argosy University in San Bernardino; and a master’s degree in English from Northern Arizona University.
Additionally, del Castillo has experience in curriculum design and development, staff development and coordination, and preparing students for 21st century college and career opportunities.
Karen Knudson, GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) and elementary math curriculum teacher on special assignment (TOSA), has been named Coordinator of GATE and Induction (formerly BTSA) in the Educational Services Department. She has served as the District’s GATE and math TOSA for the past three-and-a-half years. Prior to that, she was the differentiation and intervention TOSA for two years and resource specialist and elementary teacher assistant principal at Loma Vista Elementary School for nine years.
Knudson has worked in education for over 17 years. Before joining TUSD, she was a middle school resource specialist in the Brea Olinda Unified School District.
Knudson has a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in special education from California State University, Fullerton.
Among her honors, Knudson has served as TUSD Summer Scholars administrator, is principal technology network facilitator for the Cotsen Foundation, serves as a board member on the Orange County Council for the Gifted, has presented at the California Association for the Gifted Conference and Orange County Council for the Gifted Conference, and was named Loma Vista Teacher of the Year in 2013.