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Meet the Team
Steve Johnson - Director of Character Education
Steve Johnson is the Director of Character Education at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. Johnson developed the Character-Based Literacy Curriculum, now in use in the court-community schools of many California counties and hundreds of regular and alternative classrooms throughout the United States. He trains teachers, counselors, and administrators in the curriculum, which integrates ethics into the language arts curriculum.
Johnson is also the teaching educational leadership in the Santa Clara University School of Education and Counseling Psychology.
Kim McCauley - Program Manager
|Kim McCauley is the Program Manager for the Character Education Program at the Ethics Center. She oversees all scheduling, web postings and events relative to the Character Education program:
Character Based Literacy -integrates character education into middle and high school language arts curriculum, and has expanded into high school U.S. History, World History and Science curriculum.
Build.Plant.Grow. –Interdenominational program that uses scripture and children’s literature to offer story and activity-based lessons for children and adults.
Ethics Camp- a multi-day character education program for teachers, administrators and counselors, designed to build a personal understanding of ethics into a comprehensive curriculum.Raising an Ethical Child- parenting workshops that provide practical tools for fostering moral development in children.
Tom Kostic - Senior Fellow
Tom Kostic is the Field Program Coordinator at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. Kostic is the key trainer for character-Based Literacy Curriculum, which is now in use in the court-community schools of many California counties and hundreds of regular and alternative classrooms throughout the United States.
Kostic is also a community school teacher for the Orange County Department of Education’s Alternative Court Community Education School and Services (ACCESS) program in Anaheim where his classroom serves as a model CBL classroom and laboratory of new projects.
Kostic frequently gives presentations and workshops for teachers and administrators on Character-Based Literacy. Kostic received his bachelor's degree from Concordia University Irvine and his master's in educational administration from National University.
Karen Snowden - Character Based Literacy Intern
Karen Snowden is the Character Based Literacy intern at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.She is currently an undergraduate student at Santa Clara University where she is majoring in Child Psychology and Counseling.