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Peter Turnamian 
Prior to his role as Partner with TNTP,  Peter served as Deputy and Assistant Superintendent for Newark Public Schools where he helped lead school-based turnaround work, the implementation of improved supervision and evaluation systems and district-wide reforms to special education services. Earlier in his career, Peter founded and served as Director of Greater Newark Charter School, where he was recognized as a pioneer of the “Data-Driven Instruction” model, and co-developed the Marshall Rubrics as a first of its kind teacher evaluation tool. In 2012, Peter accepted the national Blue Ribbon award as Principal for Watching Elementary School in Montclair, NJ. Peter has also been the recipient of the “Cultivating Quality Education” Award and served as a mentor principal for New Leaders for New Schools. Peter was a guest speaker at Harvard University Principals’ Seminar in both 2004 and 2009 and presently serves as Adjunct Professor of Education at Seton Hall University. A New Jersey state-certified Principal and Superintendent, Peter holds a BA in English from University of Rochester, a Masters degree in Education from Harvard University and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Seton Hall University.  

Kathleen Black
Dr. Kathleen Black joins the CamdenPLUS program after 14 years of educational experience. She began her career as a youth counselor helping to cultivate workforce development and recreational programming for the Buffalo Urban League in Buffalo, New York. In that work, she recognized that her passion was grounded in providing quality opportunities for students. She made the transition to the education sector through her participation in Teach for America where she served as a classroom and inclusion teacher. She then joined New Leaders where she was an administrator within the District of Columbia Public Schools.  She most recently served seven years as a Principal in Washington DC, leading her school to gain authorization as an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program School. She holds a Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters in Elementary Teaching from American University, a Masters in Educational Leadership from Trinity University and a Bachelors in Communications and Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Jamila Dugan
Leadership Coach
Jamila Dugan joins the CamdenPLUS team with an intense passion for education and leadership. As a previous school leader and current doctoral student, Jamila utilizes both research and practical experience to drive her work. She began her career as a Teach for America corps member teaching elementary grades in Washington DC. After a nomination for Teacher of the Year, she joined TFA’s staff as a coach and later a Director of Corps Member Learning and Development. In her most recent role as a school leader, Jamila championed equity focused student support, parent leadership, and led the development of the first Mandarin Immersion Charter Middle School in the Bay Area. As an active parent and educator, Jamila also sits on the board for Parents of African American Students Studying Chinese. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Fresno State University, a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from George Mason University, and is pursuing her doctorate in Education Leadership at University of California, Berkeley. 

Josh Sarracino
Site Advisor
Josh brings over 10 years of experience in education to the PLUS team. He began his career as a Special Education teacher at the Community School of Maryland (CSM), located just outside of Washington, DC. After spending four years in the classroom, where 94% of his students met or exceeded their annual education goals, he moved into an administrative role with at CSM. As Director of School Operations, Josh managed a cluster of three school campuses, overseeing partnerships with the Maryland State Department of Education, DC Public Schools, Prince George's County Public Schools, and Baltimore City Public Schools. He also provided strategic oversight for the training and development of teachers, related services personnel, and student support staff. Josh joined TNTP in 2013 and has worked as a program manager with the Philadelphia and Georgia Teaching Fellows programs. His work has also supported recruitment, selection and staffing practices in the School District of Philadelphia, Camden City School District, and the Springfield Empowerment Zone. Josh earned his undergraduate degree at Rowan University and a graduate degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Hillary Gularte
Program Manager
Hillary comes to TNTP with a long history of youth development and community engagement, dating back to her days as a high school Peer Educator for Safe and Drug Free Schools. She began her career as an Activity Therapist for Alaska Children’s Services, facilitating individual and group therapy for foster children. In 2008, Hillary took her youth development and mental health expertise to Latin America, serving in the Peace Corps as a Youth and Family Development Specialist. In the Peace Corps, Hillary partnered with the Child Services and the local schools, facilitating participatory community development activities to build the capacity of individuals and service providers to protect children and youth in a high risk community. Back in the U.S., Hillary has worked for several nonprofits in direct service and community liaison roles. In 2013, Hillary earned her master’s degree in Nonprofit Management with a specialization in Social Justice Leadership from The New School for Public Engagement in New York City. Currently, Hillary works for the Philadelphia and Camden Talent and Ops team as a Program Manager overseeing the operations and logistics for PLUS events and external communications. 

Ginny Johnson
Program Manager
Prior to joining the PLUS team, Ginny worked for a small education nonprofit in Houston, Texas focused on developing blended math curriculum. While there, she recruited staff for all levels of roles. Most recently, Ginny lived and worked in Memphis, Tennessee. There she recruited undergraduates at the University of Memphis for an innovative teacher residency program. Having joined the PLUS Turnaround team last year, she is now focused on supporting both all PLUS programs within the greater Camden and Philadelphia region to develop a local and tailored approach to recruitment and selection. Ginny earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rice University in Houston, Texas.