Eleonor Castillo, Ph.D
Office Location: Malouf 122
Ph.D. University of Maryland
M.P.A. San Diego State University
B.A. University of California San Diego
Dr. Eleonor G. Castillo's journey as a classroom teacher began at a Title I, urban elementary school in the San Diego Unified School District. She has over fifteen years of teaching experience in PreK-12 and higher education, including in the areas of education foundations, education policy, literacy, and special education. In addition to her work in classrooms, her education policy experience includes serving as a Ph.D. Education Policy Fellow at the Maryland House of Delegates, where she provided critical research and policy work to address elementary, secondary, and higher education issues. In California, she led a statewide grassroots coalition, working with lawmakers, toward the successful passage of historic legislation that ensured the preservation of the teaching of Filipino Language and Culture classes in the state's PreK-12 public schools.
She has a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego, and earned a master’s in public administration from San Diego State University. Her doctor of philosophy degree is in teaching and learning, policy and leadership, with a specialization in education policy studies and curriculum theory and development, from the University of Maryland.
Her research interests include the lived experiences of teachers of color, historical and social-cultural foundations of education, literacy, and teacher education.