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Stephen Kostyo

Senior Policy Advisor

Stephen Kostyo serves as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Learning Policy Institute. He is a member of LPI’s Whole Child Education and Policy teams, and is the lead author of Making ESSA’s Equity Promise Real: State Strategies to Close the Opportunity Gap.

Kostyo brings to LPI more than a decade’s worth of teaching and education policy experience. He previously worked for Congressman Tim Ryan from Ohio, first as a fellow and then as a Legislative Assistant. There, he worked on a range of children’s and education issues, including the school lunch program, adverse childhood experiences, teacher retention, and social-emotional learning. Prior to that, he was a Presidential Precinct Fellow providing logistical support for a U.S. Government initiative to empower young African leaders.

Kostyo re-entered the classroom in 2019, serving as an Adjunct Instructor teaching Education Program Management and Policy Implementation at American University. Earlier in his career, Kostyo taught middle and high school science in Alabama as a member of Teach For America, where he coached baseball and sponsored the science fair program. In 2015, while teaching mathematics at Charlottesville High School (CHS), he was voted Teacher of the Year. At CHS, Kostyo was selected to serve as a member of the Freshmen Transition Committee to increase academic outcomes for 9th grade students and to represent the math department as part of the AVID program to assist first generation college students.

Kostyo received a B.S. in Quantitative Economics and a B.A. in Political Science with honors at Miami University.