Sonya Castellino joined Read Charlotte as Deputy Director in July 2018. Sonya is a native Charlottean, who proudly and successfully attended Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. She has worked as an educator in New York City, Eastern North Carolina, and in Charlotte. She has served a variety of roles from classroom teacher to Resident Principal, since 2002. She co-founded a small high school in Manhattan, which continues to educate students today. She’s coached teachers to improve instructional practices in grades K-12, with subjects ranging from Music to Chemistry. Most recently, she was a Curriculum Coordinator for Project L.I.F.T. Sonya holds a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and two master’s degrees from Columbia University, Teachers College. Sonya lives in Huntersville with her husband, Sam, their bibliophile son, Dalton, and their dog, Chai. Sonya’s grandmother taught her to read, when she was three years old, using McGuffey primers. Her favorite childhood books are the Babar the Elephant and Curious George series.