Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Dr. Kumagai has coordinated the principal licensure program at Walden since 2009. The program has two degree tracks: Educational Specialist and Master of Education and is approved in both Minnesota and Ohio. In this capacity, she works closely with faculty and students. A major accomplishment was working on obtaining national recognition of the program by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Her primary areas of subject matter expertise include educational leadership in PK - 12 schools and cultural proficiency in education.
Dr. Kumagai earned her Ph.D. in educational administration at the University of Minnesota. Her dissertation focused on the politics of desegregation. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Kumagai has over 30 years of professional experience. Prior to Walden, her experiences include coordinating the administrative licensure program at the University of Minnesota and working in the St. Paul Public Schools (MN) as an elementary school principal, coordinator of multicultural education, and consultant for staff development in the areas of human relations and multicultural curriculum development. Professional memberships include the National Association of Elementary School Principals and Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association.