Character Education Staff
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.
Fr. Tony Mancuso - Senior Fellow
Fr. Tony Mancuso has served as a priest of the Diocese of San Jose for 31 years. As senior fellow in character education, he writes the Build. Plant. Grow character formation curriculum and has collaborated with Character Education Director Steve Johnson for the Ethics Camps designed for Catholic school principals and new Catholic school teachers. He is presently the chaplain and director of Campus Ministry at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, Ca. He began his association with the Ethics Center in 2009 when he was invited to be a visiting scholar. Mancuso has served as adjunct faculty in the SCU Graduate School of Education and continues parish ministry as well at Church of the Resurrection in Sunnyvale, CA. He holds a doctorate in education from USF and an M.Div. from Saint Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, as well as an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from SCU.
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 Psychology and Child Studies.