Sarah Peterson

Sarah Peterson is the Regional Director of the California Reading and Literature Project. Also an employee of the National School District (NSD), she serves as a District Literacy Resource Teacher, supporting NSD educators in implementing the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy.  Prior to becoming the Director, Sarah was a second grade teacher at Ira Harbison Elementary School in NSD as well as a long-time Support Provider for Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA).  After earning her M.Ed. and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a Bilingual CLAD Emphasis (Spanish) from UC San Diego, Sarah developed her capacity for teaching early literacy and working with English Learners in diverse instructional contexts (late-exit bilingual education, early-exit bilingual education, structured English immersion) and grade levels.

Sarah first became involved with CRLP UC San Diego after attending a Teacher Leadership Invitational in 2011.  Soon after her first Invitational, Sarah completed CRLP Results: Academic Language and Literacy Instruction (RALLI) training and observed growth in her students’ oral, written, and reading achievement.  Now the Regional Director, Sarah is an example of how the California Reading and Literature Project cultivates sustained teacher leadership development.

 Sarah resides in the Kensington area of San Diego in a 105-year-old Craftsman bungalow with her husband, 10-month-old daughter, three-year-old son, and second cousin. She adores watching historical dramas (VictoriaThe CrownDownton Abbey) training for and running half marathons, embarking on family road trips, and reading notable works of dystopian literature. 

Judy Mapston

Judy Mapston has been the Educational Coordinator for the California Reading and Literature Project,
Executive and San Diego Regional Offices for over 18 years. She started at UCSD in 1990 at the
Shiley Eye Center. As the Education Coordinator, she sets up meetings, trainings, and events as well as program management.

She resides in Rancho Bernardo with her husband, has three grown children and
one grandson. She loves to read, sew, crochet and she’s an advocate and teacher for families of
people who suffer from mental illness.