The SPA Team

Dr. Mark A. Gooden, Director

Dr. Mark A. Gooden is the director of the Summer Principals Academy in New York City as well as the Christian Johnson Endeavor Professor of Education Leadership and Program Director for Education Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. His scholarly interests are focused on principalship, anti-racist leadership, urban educational leadership, and legal issues in education. He received his Ph.D and M.A. in Policy and Leadership as well as his M.Ed. in Mathematics Education from The Ohio State University, and his B.A. in Mathematics from Albany State University. 

Dr. Yolanda Davis, Associate Director

Y. Davis

Dr. Yolanda Davis is an Associate Director at the Summer Principals Academy-Teachers College, Columbia University. She is originally from Chicago, IL and earned her B.A. in English, Secondary Education, EdM in Education Policy, and PhD in Education Policy at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include: urban educational leadership, recruitment and retention of diverse educators, issues of equity and access in K-12 schools, and principalship. She is a certified secondary education teacher and is very passionate about teaching, researching education issues, and working within education programs to help create change in K-12 schools.

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