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Amy Hollister

Chief Executive Officer

Educational Administration and Principal Certification, University of Pennsylvania

 M.Ed. in Elementary Education / Curriculum, Instruction and Technology, Temple University

B.S. in Special Education, Bloomsburg University

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Mrs. Amy Hollister began her teaching career in 1995 as a Special Education teacher at Frankford High School
in Philadelphia. Soon thereafter she continued her career in Hawaii before returning to her hometown to seek a professional community committed to school reform and choice. To that end, Mrs. Hollister teamed up with other pioneers and became the founding leader of Northwood Academy Charter School.

Mrs. Hollister is a notable member of the larger educational sector as the President of Philadelphia Charters for Excellence and Leadership Mentor at The University of Pennsylvania.

She is the proud mother of three teenage children and wife of a fellow Philadelphia educator. In her spare time she is an avid yoga practitioner, traveler, and nature lover.

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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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Cindy Carey

School Principal

M.Ed. in Education, Cheyney University

Principal Certification, Cabrini University   

B.A. in Biology, Temple University

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Mrs. Cindy Carey graduated from Temple University in 2004 with a degree in Biology. While in college, Mrs. Carey worked a part-time job tutoring underprivileged youth. The lack of skills her students possessed was disheartening, and at that moment, she decided to pursue a career in teaching. She began teaching at another charter school before joining Northwood Academy Charter School in 2008 as a fifth-grade teacher. 

Mrs. Carey earned her Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Cheyney University in 2009. In 2010, Mrs. Carey served as the instructional coach while working towards her principal certification from Cabrini University. In 2011, Mrs. Carey became the principal of Northwood Academy Charter School. 

Mrs. Carey enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and two daughters. She loves traveling, dancing, and Zumba classes. She is a passionate leader and lifelong learner who believes that all children can succeed when provided with a learning sanctuary.
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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

Lower School Assistant 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.

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