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Claudia Samantha Dugan is an educational leader with 20+ years of experience. Previous leadership assignments include: Past President of the Maryland Foreign Language Association (MFLA), Supervisor of World Languages, Coordinator, and STARTALK Director at Howard Community College. Some of her instructional experiences include working for a language company that served diplomats, military personnel and executives in the Washington, D.C. area. She also taught middle school Spanish with the Howard County Public School System and is currently teaching as full time faculty at Loyola University in Baltimore City. Claudia grew up in México City. She holds a M.A. in Instructional Leadership from Notre Dame of Maryland University, and a B.A. in Liberal Arts History/Psychology with Spanish teacher certification (Summa Cum Laude). She was recipient of the Christa McAuliffe teacher scholarship and is a member of Kappa Delta Pi. Prior to coming to the U.S.A. she also studied at The National University of México, U.N.A.M. Claudia is advancing in the Ph.D. program: Instructional Leadership for Changing Populations at Notre Dame of Maryland University. When Claudia is not working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering in the community, dancing flamenco, reading, traveling and eating chocolates.