School Leadership

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Kristie Dugan

Chief Operating Officer

M.Ed. in Education, Holy Family University

B.A. in Psychology, Immaculata University

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Mrs. Kristie Dugan is a Northwood pioneer that started her service in 2005.  Prior to beginning at Northwood, her professional endeavors included working for an international nonprofit as well as working in the building construction, leasing, and property management sector.

Mrs. Dugan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Immaculata University as well as her Master's degree in Education from Holy Family University. Mrs. Dugan has sat on multiple boards locally and at the University level.

Mrs. Dugan grew up in Frankford and loves working in a neighborhood that is so dear to her heart. In her spare time she loves spending time with her four daughters and her husband, as well as volunteering. She believes that every child can succeed when they have the resources to support them!

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Erin Herschberger

Upper School Assistant Principal

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Holy Family University  

B.A. in Elementary & Special Education, La Salle University

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Mrs. Erin Herschberger is a Northwood Academy pioneer, starting at the school as a substitute teacher in 2005. She graduated from La Salle University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education, with a minor in American Studies. In 2014, she achieved her Master’s Degree at Holy Family University in Educational Leadership. 

Mrs. Herschberger lives nearby in Philadelphia with her husband Frank and her dog Beans.

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Kathryn Henry

Interim Principal / Lower School Principal

M.Ed. in Special Education, West Chester University

Principal Certification, Edinboro University

B.S. in Elementary Education, University of Delaware

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Mrs. Henry joined the Northwood team in 2018 as Lower School Assistant Principal. After graduating from the University of Delaware in 2004, Mrs. Henry began her career as an elementary teacher at GW Childs School in South Philadelphia. Mrs. Henry then transitioned into various leadership roles at Southwest Leadership Academy, where she served as an instructional coach, then assistant principal from 2011-2018. 

Mrs. Henry has a Master's degree in special education from West Chester University and her principal certification from Edinboro University. In her free time, Mrs. Henry loves to spend time outdoors and traveling with her husband, Eric, and children, Patrick and Caroline.

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Kate Crossett

Director of Special Education

M.Ed. in Secondary Education, Chestnut Hill College

Principal Certification, RELAY Graduate School of Education  

B.A. in History of Art & Architecture and Studio Arts, University of Pittsburgh

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Mrs. Kate Crossett began teaching in 2007 in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, as a High School Special Education Math and Science teacher. During this time she earned her Masters in Education from Chestnut Hill College. After several years at MBA, Mrs. Crossett took a hiatus from teaching to explore her passion in Art as a graduate student in Florence, Italy. 

Ultimately though, Mrs. Crossett was drawn back to education and worked in Baltimore, Maryland for a period of time coaching teachers. Mrs. Crossett looked to return home to Philadelphia, and since then, she has worked as an Assistant Principal of Specialized Services and a Director of Student Supports for two other major charter networks in Philadelphia prior to landing at Northwood in July of 2020.

In her free time, Mrs. Crossett likes to spend time at the beach, enjoying live music, and traveling with her husband--Robert, son--Legend, and their dog, Dora.