Dr. Mark Anthony Gooden is the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Professor in Education Leadership and Director of the Endeavor Leadership Initiative in the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. Within that Department, he is also Program Director of Education Leadership. His research interests include the principalship, anti-racist leadership, urban educational leadership and legal issues in education. His research has appeared in a range of outlets including American Educational Research Journal, Educational Administration Quarterly, Teachers College Record, Review of Educational Research, Journal of School Leadership, Urban Education, Journal of Research on Leadership in Education, The Journal of Negro Education, Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal, Education and Urban Society, The Sage Handbook of African-American Education and The Principal's Legal Handbook and others. Dr. Gooden served two terms as a member of Executive Committee and is Immediate Past President of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), a consortium of 100 higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children. Dr. Gooden has served on various committees for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and is a member of the Educational Law Association (ELA).
Before entering higher education, Dr. Gooden served as a secondary mathematics teacher and department chairperson who facilitated professional development workshops for and with teachers and educational leaders in Columbus Public Schools. He has spent 16 years in higher education developing and teaching courses in leadership, equity, law, and research methods. During that time, he has also developed, designed, and facilitated professional development courses in diversity/inclusion, leadership, and law. Dr. Gooden co-developed with Ann O'Doherty a teaching module for UCEA that helps leaders better understand how examining their beliefs, attitudes, and racial awareness can improve their ability to support diverse learners. The module is entitled Building a Community of Trust Through Racial Awareness of Self and is available gratis. Dr. Gooden also serves as Associate Editor of Urban Education and he is on the boards of the Journal of Cases of Educational Leadership and the Journal of Research on Leadership in Education.
Dr. Gooden received his B.A. in Mathematics from Albany State University. He also earned his M.Ed. in Mathematics Education, a second M.A., and a PhD in Policy and Leadership, all from The Ohio State University. Dr. Gooden has been trained as a cognitive coach and an executive coach. He is also a registered provider of multiple instruments on leadership development and cultural awareness including The Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®), MBTI® Step II™ Interpretive (Leaders’) Report, and the Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation–Behavior® (FIRO-B®) Assessment.
Nicole Limperopulos serves as the Associate Director of the Summer Principals Academy at Teachers College, Columbia University, which is the largest university-based principal preparation program in the nation. In her role as Associate Director, she is responsible for operations oversight, fiscal management, and student recruitment. Dr. Limperopulos took an early leadership role in conducting a feasibility study and establishing partnerships that led to the successful launch of the Summer Principals Academy New Orleans. She also manages program accreditation, and led the Summer Principals Academy to secure full national accreditation through NCATE. Dr. Limperopulos completed her doctorate at Teachers College, and her research focuses on the effects that chronic exposure to community violence has on the lives of urban male adolescents. After completing an initial study on violence exposure in the South Bronx, Dr. Limperopulos is currently preparing to launch a replication of the study in New Orleans, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Prior to her work at Teachers College, Dr. Limperopulos spent eight years as a teacher in the New York City Department of Education. During her tenure with the New York City Department of Education, she taught a variety of History courses ranging from Regents prep to International Baccalaureate, and was twice nominated for National Teacher of the Year. Dr. Limperopulos earned her B.A. from Fordham University, M.A. from CUNY, and Ed.M. from Columbia University.
Donna N. Gray
Donna N. Gray is the Assistant Director of Technology, Media & Data of the Summer Principals Academy at Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining the team she served as an English teacher and School Media Specialist/Librarian for over 10 years. As a School Media Specialist, Donna worked to harness the enthusiasm and potential in her students by securing various grants throughout her tenure. These grants frequently doubled her annual budget, and subsequently allowed for an increase in the development of programs and activities that expanded the knowledge base of the budding library community. In her role as Media Specialist, Donna mentored new librarians, developed technology based initiatives, and sought to spread the vision & mission of the library program throughout the campus she served.