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Kathleen Black
Director
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.