Principal - Middle School
Karen Ogbugbulu joined Citizens of the World Charter School Mar Vista in 2015, following eleven years of service in elementary charter school education. Her career has led her to work with various charter management organizations in various states such as KIPP Houston Texas, Uncommon Schools in New Jersey, and Rocketship Education in the Bay Area of California. She has primarily taught in lower elementary from grades kindergarten through second grade and has taught intervention and tutoring for upper elementary students from third through sixth. Karen has also lead in academic leadership as an instructional coach, department chair, and served on the CWC regional team for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Karen grew up in San Antonio and Houston, Texas, and is a first-generation Nigerian-American. She received her undergraduate degree from Texas Southern University in Psychology with a minor in Art. Her specialty in art education is the basis for her teaching approach and specialization in early and foundational literacy. Karen also received her graduate degree in Education Administration and Principal Leadership Institute at UCLA, in Los Angeles, California with an emphasis on Social Justice in education.
Karen views a collaborative school environment as the key to creating successful teachers and students. She puts the student’s needs first and is committed to supporting the development of teachers and their practice. She believes partnerships with parents and community are essential to enriching the experience at Citizens of the World.
In her free time, Karen spends time with family and friends and is an avid fashion enthusiast, traveler, and artist. She is currently working on her first pop-up art exhibit.