Sr. Associate and Head of Faith Formation, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Kathy Almazol is Sr. Associate and Head of Faith Formation at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and previously was the Superintendent of the elementary and secondary schools in the Diocese of San Jose. She was an administrator in the elementary schools for over twenty years.
In her role as head of Faith Formation in Character Education, Almazol will set goals for the faith formation activities, produce materials, and promote public awareness of the virtues ethics educational materials that can be taught in faith-based schools and parishes.
Previously, Almazol led the Catholic elementary and secondary schools in the Diocese of San Jose, and was an administrator in the elementary schools for over twenty years, serving more than 16,000 students. Almazol was instrumental in developing the Drexel School System, a unique instructional model to meet student-learning needs by using data to inform the instructional curriculum for each grade level. The Drexel System was built with the help of clergy and business partners as well as technologists and partners at Santa Clara University.
Almazol was a leader in developing School Advisory Councils in the school system in order to allow parents to understand their role as partners and leaders in our schools. She continues to advise principals and parent groups on the importance of choosing appropriate governance systems for their school.
Almazol began her teaching career during the first bussing initiatives in Stamford, Connecticut. She also taught in an American Dependent School in Ansbach, Germany, before the fall of the Berlin wall.