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Paula Dofat (left) and Blessin Giraldo from the film “Step.”

Paula Dofat (left) and Blessin Giraldo from the film “Step.”

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Paula Dofat of ‘Step’ discusses her journey and passion for education

Paula Dofat, director of college counseling at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, is one of the subjects of “Step,” the uplifting and feel-good movie of the summer. Dofat considers her own unconventional path of attending six different colleges — including community college, state and Ivy League schools — as a blessing in disguise. Her personal college setbacks and successes enable her to better relate to her students and to understand what they’re going through financially, academically and emotionally.