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Andrew Castellano

Andrew Castellano

FDP Program Specialist/Wemagination Manager
Phone: (505) 277-5800
andyc@unm.edu

As the Program Specialist for Family Development Program, Andrew assists New Mexican and National Early Childhood organizations with their requests for the Family Development Program’s many professional trainings and educational resources. Additionally, as the Manager of the Wemagination Resource Center, he strives to maintain a welcoming and educational environment. With the help from a supportive staff and volunteers, the team keeps the Wemagination warehouse stocked with a large supply of clean and safe open-ended materials for our members. Before coming to the Family Development Program, Andrew managed a teen pregnancy prevention program for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). The majority of Andrew’s experience in the public and non-profit sector comes from his five years with the AmeriCorps Volunteer In Service To America (VISTA) program. For three years he served as a VISTA volunteer with the New Mexico Hispanic Medical Association and then spent two years as a Program Manager for AmeriCorps VISTA. As a graduate from the University of New Mexico with a Master’s in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s from the Anderson School of Management, Andrew has come to appreciate the University setting and the positive energy that flows through campus.

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Alida Davila-Larrichio

Wemagination Education Consultant
Phone: (505) 268-8580
Adavila1@unm.edu

Alida has rejoined the Family Development Program team as a consultant after retiring in January 2012 to give educational leadership to the Wemagination Resource Center. Alida was a full-time member of the Family Development Program’s statewide training team after working for 6 months as an Education Support Coordinator with our Baby Amigo home visiting program. She is a pre-primary and elementary certified teacher with more than 25 years of experience teaching in Colombia and the United States. She has been a supervising teacher and coordinated community programs at the Community College in Santa Fe, and also has Montessori training certification with 11 years of experience. Alida is an active community volunteer and served as a member of the Board of Directors for Cuidando Los Niños (now CLN Kids) for five years, where she has helped raise funds for this Albuquerque organization that serves homeless children and families. Alida has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Colegio San Jose, Colombia, South America.

Paige Abrams

Paige Abrams

Education Specialist
Phone: (505) 277-8515
paige@unm.edu

Paige Abrams is an Education Specialist who works with Family Development Program as the coordinator of the J.U.N.K. (Joy In Uncovering New Knowledge) Play Workshop Series. Paige believes children are challenged to grow through joyful learning experiences that are relevant to their lives. J.U.N.K. is a professional volunteer program that trains and engages Play Advocates for community outreach and training. The J.U.N.K. Play Workshop Series offers a rich learning environment tailored to support early childhood educators and other community members who work with young children.

Paige promotes the significance of Loose Parts (recycled, open-ended materials safe for children) for their ability to nurture the creative, independent, and problem-solving talents of all children and adults. As part of the Family Development Program, Paige engages educators and families through an approach that emphasizes learning by doing. Each learner is valued as an explorer, as a teacher, and as a member of the community.

Paige was previously a NM PreK Consultant, a preschool teacher, a theater teacher, an art teacher, a movement teacher, a Montessori mentoree, along with other positions in the education field. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from Bank Street College in New York City and a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from The Colorado College.