Naomi Castro

Lead Responsibilities:

Naomi provides critical support and leadership to a number of CLP initiatives in the Los Angeles region as well as statewide, with a focus on improving transitions from high school to college, including development of pathways, early college credit and student supports integrated with classroom instruction.

Areas of Concentration:

Naomi brings to CLP rich post-secondary and secondary teaching and leadership experience, including experience developing seamless K16 pathways, student learning communities, and regional partnerships among educational institutions, workforce boards and employers.

Based in Los Angeles, Naomi was previously the Director for Career Pathways at El Camino College where she helped create and refine pathways with partner high schools as well as worked closely with local industries and the South Bay Workforce Investment Board. She also helped start the Career Advancement Academy at El Camino and oversaw its expansion to the El Camino Compton Center, Cerritos College, and Los Angeles Harbor College. Naomi served on the planning committee for the Pathways sub-committee of the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Technology Linked Learning (AMETLL) Consortium, a round one California Career Pathways Trust awardee, and has chaired both the Pathways/Transitions sub-committee and the El Camino micro-region.

Before working with community colleges Naomi taught History and English at middle and high schools in Tucson, Arizona. She held many administrative positions at the high school level and was the founding principal of a small middle school designed by and for Native American students. She also spent a year teaching in Brisbane, Australia.

Her undergraduate degree is in History, and she holds a post-baccalaureate teaching credential, both awarded the University of Arizona (U of A). She holds a master’s degree in Teaching and Teacher Education also from the U of A and a doctorate in Education, Leadership, Administration and Policy from Pepperdine University. Her dissertation focused on learning communities for Career and Technical Education students.

Her passion for skilled trades is rooted in her relationship with her father. He is a working blacksmith in rural Louisiana. She spent a year apprenticing with him to learn how to forge steel. Along the way he also taught her how to frame out a room, hang drywall, do basic electrical and plumbing, and rebuild the engine of her 1972 Volkswagen Thing.