Ambar Hanson

Chief External Relations Officer | Hiawatha Academies

ahanson@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-239-1893 | @AmbarHanson

Ambar Cristina Hanson, M.P.A., is the Chief External Relations Officer at Hiawatha Academies. Since moving to the United States from the Dominican Republic twenty years ago, Ambar has been dedicated to advocating for immigrant communities and communities of color to have equal opportunity and access to higher education, jobs that provide livable wages, health, housing and safety. Prior to joining Hiawatha Academies, Ambar spent over ten years, advocating for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors through several roles at Casa de Esperanza and National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities. Currently, Ambar oversees the marketing, communications, family advocacy, policy, and community collaborations work for the Hiawatha Academies network. Ambar serves on the Latino LEAD Board of Directors, the Bigelow Foundation Board of Directors, the Latino Economic Development Center Board of Directors and the UW-Eau Claire, Alumni of Color Association. In addition to her work and volunteer engagement, Ambar enjoys spending time with her partner and two children, dancing, and hosting family and friends.

Catherine Chu-Lapiska

Principal | Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Morris Park

clapiska@hiawathaacademies.org | Office: 612-987-5688 | Mobile: 651-485-0809

Born and raised in Minnesota, Catherine is thrilled to return home and join the Hiawatha Academies team after a spell on the East Coast. Catherine earned her undergrad at The University of William & Mary in Virginia, and her M.A.T. at American University. She is a Teach for America alum and taught first through fifth grades in Washington, DC. Catherine also enjoyed several years of teaching teachers at Relay Graduate School of Education in New York City. Catherine is excited to be a part of the Hiawatha Academies team supporting students, families and teachers in achieving and exceeding their goals.

Colette Owens

Executive Director | Hiawatha Academies

cowens@hiawathaacademies.org | 314-753-5073

Colette Owens is the Executive Director of Hiawatha Academies. Previously she served as Director of Academic Strategy and Curriculum for St. Louis Public Schools. In that role, Colette was responsible for the implementation of a performance-based management system to drive school improvement efforts, coordinated cross team collaboration for K-12 curriculum,and managed state and federal programs. Previously, Colette served as a Managing Director of Teacher Leadership Development for Teach For America in St. Louis, MO. Before joining the staff at Teach For America - St. Louis, Colette served as a special education team leader at Long Middle Community Education Center for St. Louis Public Schools. Colette holds an M.A. in Teaching Special Education from Webster University and a B.A. in Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. Colette lives in Southeast Minneapolis with her husband and two sons.

Daniela Srini Vasan

Principal | Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Northrop

dvasan@hiawathaacademies.org | Office: 612.455.4004 | Mobile: 612.462.2369

Daniela Srini Vasan is the founding principal of Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Northrop. Daniela speaks Spanish and French. She attended the University of Virginia and earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Georgia State University. After graduating, she served as a Teach For America corps member in Atlanta, Georgia where she taught third and fifth grade. Daniela loves to spend time with her family, travel and experience new cultures, study languages, volunteer in the community, and explore the Twin Cities. One of the best parts about working at Hiawatha Academies is working with families and students every day.

Dawn Gunderson Taylor

Chief Talent Officer | Hiawatha Academies

dgundersontaylor@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-998-6015

Dawn Gunderson Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia where she taught English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to tenth grade students and a 2001 Teach For America corps member. She taught high school English for six years in Baltimore, MD, and returned overseas to continue teaching in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2008, Dawn joined the staff of Teach For America where her work focused on alumni affairs for over seven years. Dawn returned to the Midwest in the summer of 2014 and joined Hiawatha Academies as Chief Talent Officer. Dawn's daughter, Neela, is a student at Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Northrop.

Matt Toppin

Principal | Hiawatha College Prep-Kingfield

mtoppin@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-802-5521

Mr. Toppin is the principal of Hiawatha College Prep-Kingfield. After graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College, Matt began his career in education teaching high school math in Miami through Teach for America. After returning to Minnesota, he served as an instructional coach for beginning teachers, then returned to classroom teaching as the founding seventh grade math teacher at Hiawatha College Prep in 2013. His math classes had some of the highest achievement gains our network has seen and in 2016 over 90% of his students reached their growth goals. From 2016-2018 Matt served as the founding Dean of Instruction at Hiawatha Collegiate High School. In his time at HCHS he has helped grow the school from 100 to 290 students and led the efforts to increase ACT scores by an average of 2 points each year. Matt brings a solid 5-12 lens to his leadership and is excited to ensure our middle school program achieves unparalleled academic growth in the years to come.

Nicole Cooley

Principal | Hiawatha Collegiate High School

ncooley@hiawathaacademies.org | Office: 612-547-9056 | Direct: 920-740-3963

Nicole Cooley is the founding Principal of Hiawatha Collegiate High School. She began her career in education teaching middle school in St. Louis through Teach for America. She then moved to Chicago, where she worked as a teacher and administrator at Gary Comer College Prep, a campus of Noble Street Charter School, the highest performing high school charter network in the city. While there, she led both students and teachers to unprecedented successes, most notably, 100 percent graduation and enrollment in college. In 2013, she joined the Hiawatha Team as Director of Teaching and Learning. When asked about her work, she shared “I feel amazingly grateful to be part of a network wherein one hundred percent of students will not only graduate from high school, but will be academically and personally prepared to experience both the success and challenge that will exist for them in college.”

Rochelle Van Dijk

Chief Academic Officer | Hiawatha Academies

rvandijk@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-524-9452

Rochelle Van Dijk is a proud African-American and Cherokee educator and mother of three. Rochelle graduated from Harvard University in 2005 with a degree in psychology and earned her Master's in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado. She joined the '05 Teach For America corps and taught science in the Rio Grande Valley. In 2011 she founded the top performing high school in Denver: Denver School of Science and Technology in the Green Valley Ranch neighborhood. Each of the students in her founding class was accepted to a 4-year college, 80% of which were first generation college-students and over 75% qualified for free-and-reduced lunch. Rochelle went on to become Chief of Schools for Denver Schools of Science and Technology and oversee 4500 students across 12 schools. Rochelle now serves students and families in South Minneapolis as the Chief Academic Officer at Hiawatha Academies.

Sherene Judeh

Principal | Hiawatha College Prep-Northrop

sjudeh@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-559-6546

Sherene Judeh has been a teacher, school administrator, and advocate for equity in education for over 12 years. She has taught and led in district and charter schools and seeks continuous improvement in service of high expectations, strong community, and strong achievement results for students. Sherene has experience in interdisciplinary learning. social-emotional learning, change management, arts integration, and restorative practices. Through research, collaboration, and design, Sherene has worked with several schools to transform academic programming into authentic, community centered learning experiences for students resulting in dramatically increased student achievement. As the Founding Principal of Hiawatha College Prep-Northrop, Sherene has been responsible for leading the research, development, piloting, and codification of the newest Hiawatha Academies school focused on equity, community and student agency.

Alex Gallagher

Director of Student Support Services

agallagher@hiawathaacademies.org | 715-491-2135

Amanda Dyslin

Communications Manager

adyslin@hiawathaacademies.org

Ambar Hanson

Chief External Relations Officer | Hiawatha Academies

ahanson@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-239-1893 | @AmbarHanson

Ambar Cristina Hanson, M.P.A., is the Chief External Relations Officer at Hiawatha Academies. Since moving to the United States from the Dominican Republic twenty years ago, Ambar has been dedicated to advocating for immigrant communities and communities of color to have equal opportunity and access to higher education, jobs that provide livable wages, health, housing and safety. Prior to joining Hiawatha Academies, Ambar spent over ten years, advocating for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors through several roles at Casa de Esperanza and National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities. Currently, Ambar oversees the marketing, communications, family advocacy, policy, and community collaborations work for the Hiawatha Academies network. Ambar serves on the Latino LEAD Board of Directors, the Bigelow Foundation Board of Directors, the Latino Economic Development Center Board of Directors and the UW-Eau Claire, Alumni of Color Association. In addition to her work and volunteer engagement, Ambar enjoys spending time with her partner and two children, dancing, and hosting family and friends.

Andrew Paulson

School Psychologist

apaulson@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-271-7929

Anna Yesberger

Due Process Coordinator

Due Process Coordinator | 612-200-3357

Ashley Burris

Human Resources Manager

aburris@hiawathaacademies.org | 571-420-0515

Brittany Porrazzo

Carrie Roby

Managing Director of Schools

croby@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-236-6596

Colette Owens

Executive Director | Hiawatha Academies

cowens@hiawathaacademies.org | 314-753-5073

Colette Owens is the Executive Director of Hiawatha Academies. Previously she served as Director of Academic Strategy and Curriculum for St. Louis Public Schools. In that role, Colette was responsible for the implementation of a performance-based management system to drive school improvement efforts, coordinated cross team collaboration for K-12 curriculum,and managed state and federal programs. Previously, Colette served as a Managing Director of Teacher Leadership Development for Teach For America in St. Louis, MO. Before joining the staff at Teach For America - St. Louis, Colette served as a special education team leader at Long Middle Community Education Center for St. Louis Public Schools. Colette holds an M.A. in Teaching Special Education from Webster University and a B.A. in Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. Colette lives in Southeast Minneapolis with her husband and two sons.

Conor Leonard

Development Director

cleonard@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-547-8640

Dawn Gunderson Taylor

Chief Talent Officer | Hiawatha Academies

dgundersontaylor@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-998-6015

Dawn Gunderson Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia where she taught English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to tenth grade students and a 2001 Teach For America corps member. She taught high school English for six years in Baltimore, MD, and returned overseas to continue teaching in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2008, Dawn joined the staff of Teach For America where her work focused on alumni affairs for over seven years. Dawn returned to the Midwest in the summer of 2014 and joined Hiawatha Academies as Chief Talent Officer. Dawn's daughter, Neela, is a student at Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Northrop.

Erin Horst

Director of Teaching and Learning

ehorst@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-644-1181

Franny (Maria) Marino

Special Education Interpretation Coordinator

mmarino@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-384-3361

Irma Márquez Trapero

Director of Talent Recruitment

imarquez@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-237-7636

Jaquie Archer

Network Assessment Coordinator

jarcher@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-578-9326

Jessica Tomaselli

Development Manager

jtomaselli@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-401-5731

Katie Cooney

Manager of Student Support Services

kcooney@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-743-8721

Libby Stegger

Senior Director of Enrollment and Admissions

lstegger@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-388-3259

Liz Pangerl

Director Marketing and Communications

lpangerl@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-387-6604

Michael Knutson

Senior Director of Human Resources

mknutson@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-210-2801

Michelle Dyer

Director of Development

mdyer@hiawathaacademies.org | 914-806-0359

Nicole Dummann

School Health Coordinator

ndummann@hiawathaacademies.org | 763-350-1816

Omar Yusuf

Due Process Coordinator

oyusuf@hiawathaacademies.org

Peter Haroldson

Operations Manager

pziemba-haroldson@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-567-9295

Rochelle Van Dijk

Chief Academic Officer | Hiawatha Academies

rvandijk@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-524-9452

Rochelle Van Dijk is a proud African-American and Cherokee educator and mother of three. Rochelle graduated from Harvard University in 2005 with a degree in psychology and earned her Master's in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado. She joined the '05 Teach For America corps and taught science in the Rio Grande Valley. In 2011 she founded the top performing high school in Denver: Denver School of Science and Technology in the Green Valley Ranch neighborhood. Each of the students in her founding class was accepted to a 4-year college, 80% of which were first generation college-students and over 75% qualified for free-and-reduced lunch. Rochelle went on to become Chief of Schools for Denver Schools of Science and Technology and oversee 4500 students across 12 schools. Rochelle now serves students and families in South Minneapolis as the Chief Academic Officer at Hiawatha Academies.

Rosie Kellogg

Director of Finance

rkellogg@hiawathaacademies.org | 507-269-1394

Sara Boedecker-Johnston

Senior Director of Program and People

sboedeckerjohnston@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-385-6388

Shannon Gavin

Family Engagement Manager

sgavin@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-497-5471

Tiffany Williams-Virden

Senior Director of Equity Initiatives

twilliamsvirden@hiawathaacademies.org | 480-283-7054

Vanessa Palmer

Senior Director of Data and Analytics

vpalmer@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-385-8373

Alex Knoblock

Teacher: English Language Development

aknoblock@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-387-1691

Alex Melin

Fourth Grade Math Teacher

amelin@hiawathaacademies.org | 608-220-7160

Alex Trevino

Assistant Principal

atrevino@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-384-1762

Alex Trevino is an Assistant Principal at Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Morris Park. Previously, Mr. Alex taught fourth grade. Before coming to Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Morris Park, Alex taught fourth and sixth grades in north Minneapolis as a Teach For America corps member. Alex enjoys working with all students, families, and teachers to make Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Morris Park a place where everyone feels welcomed, affirmed, and supported in reaching their hopes and dreams.

Allen Teddy

Paraprofessional

mteddy@hiawathaacademies.org

Amanda Underwood

Music Teacher

aunderwood@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-396-8258

Amelia Hook

Social Worker

ahook@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-987-5688

Anna Dibley

Fourth Grade Teacher

adibley@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-306-2988

Ashley Prescott

Special Education Teacher

aprescott@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-329-5257

Becca Souza

Third Grade Teacher

bsouza@hiawathaacademies.org

Bryan Daly

Dean of Students

bdaly@hiawathaacademies.org | 413-320-6671

Carmen Alvarado

Caroline Paredes

Second Grade Teacher

cparedes@hiawathaacademies.org | 507-323-9064

Carter Haaland

Teacher: English Language Development

chaaland@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-310-0437

Catherine Chu-Lapiska

Principal | Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Morris Park

clapiska@hiawathaacademies.org | Office: 612-987-5688 | Mobile: 651-485-0809

Born and raised in Minnesota, Catherine is thrilled to return home and join the Hiawatha Academies team after a spell on the East Coast. Catherine earned her undergrad at The University of William & Mary in Virginia, and her M.A.T. at American University. She is a Teach for America alum and taught first through fifth grades in Washington, DC. Catherine also enjoyed several years of teaching teachers at Relay Graduate School of Education in New York City. Catherine is excited to be a part of the Hiawatha Academies team supporting students, families and teachers in achieving and exceeding their goals.

Christina Evans

Spanish Language Teacher

cevans@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-387-2044

Daeja Carson

Third Grade Teacher

dcarson@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-387-5432

Devyn Pittorf

Kindergarten Teacher

dpittorf@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-385-8784

Elise Tolish

Kindergarten Teacher

etolish@hiawathaacademies.com | 708-921-1289

Emily Curtis

ELD Coordinator

ecurtis@hiawathaacademies.org | 928-897-5070

Erin Chambers

First Grade Teacher

echambers@hiawathaacademies.org | 320-262-2333

Erin Matschiner

Third Grade Teacher

ematschiner@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-578-5214

Griselda Sandoval

Paraprofessional

gsandoval@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-987-5688

Haven Davis

Paraprofessional

hdavis@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-998-2458

Irene Zamora

Special Education Teacher

izamora@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-987-5688

Jenny Cerny

Kindergarten Teacher

jcerny@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-432-6456

Jordan McNiven

Fourth Grade Teacher

jmcniven@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-964-1626

Josh Mooney

Paraprofessional

jmooney@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-987-5688

Justine Selsing

First Grade Teacher

jselsing@hiawathaacademies.org | 774-270-1595

Kari Kielsa

Special Education Teacher

kkielsa@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-296-5335

Karissa Askvig

Paraprofessional

kaskvig@hiawathaacademies.org | 952-240-1366

Kelley Forsberg

Teacher: Reading and Math Intervention

kforsbery@hiawathaacademies.org | 952-457-9060

Kris McComas

Art Teacher

kmccomas@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-208-7811

Linde Grubb

Director of Operations

lgrubb@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-743-9816

Lindsey Kane

First Grade Teacher

lkane@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-281-7545

Lupe Andrade

First Grade Teacher

landrade@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-387-2417

Maia Horsager

Movement Teacher

mhorsager@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-910-1567

Marcela Rojas

Office Manager

mrojas@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-250-5604

Margo Peterson

Special Education Teacher

mpeterson@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-252-1857

Marisol Rojas

Fourth Grade Teacher

marisolrojas@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-387-7651

Miguel Peña

Cafeteria Manager

mpena@hiawathaacademiers.org

Mustafa Diriye

Recruitment and Enrollment Coordinator

mdiriye@hiawathaacademies.org

Nancy Marin

Office Assistant

nmarin@hiawathaacademies.org | 312-388-1842

Rachel Stephens

Teacher: English Language Development

rlamachiastephens@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-251-6427

Rachel Wannarka

Dean of Student Support Services

rwannarka@hiawathaacademies.org

Romel Velarde

Special Education Teacher

rvelarde@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-987-5617

Ryan Noshay

Second Grade Teacher

rnoshay@hiawathaacademies.org | 262-565-7685

Sarai Anderson

Transportation Coordinator

sanderson@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-237-0920

Shae Elliott

Special Education Teacher

selliott@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-387-4706

Stephanie Sowma

Second Grade Teacher

ssowma@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-695-0013

Tony Olson

Physical Education Teacher

tolson@hiawathaacademies.org

Veronica Myers

Co-Teacher

vmyers@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-387-2384

Yolanda Pruitt

Paraprofessional

ypruitt@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-384-3438

Adrian Turner

Physical Education Teacher

aturner@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-208-7449

Alicia Alexander

Amanda Snyder

Music Teacher

amsnyder@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-388-6671

Andrea Everson

Social Worker

aeverson@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-800-1373

Aubrey Noonan Hendry

Kindergarten Teacher

ahendry@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-236-6302

Bernadette Furey

Special Education Teacher

bfurey@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-455-4004

Bitsy Salisbury

Teacher: English Language Development

bsalisbury@hiawathaacademies.org | 763-360-5162

Brandon Button

Dean of Instruction

bbutton@hiawathaacademies.org | 507-319-4559

Charise Powell

Dean of Students

cpowell@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-578-0112

Christopher Vaughan

Fourth Grade Teacher

cvaughan@hiawathaacademies.org | 413-281-1268

Cristina Selvan-Morfin

Daniela Srini Vasan

Principal | Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Northrop

dvasan@hiawathaacademies.org | Office: 612.455.4004 | Mobile: 612.462.2369

Daniela Srini Vasan is the founding principal of Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Northrop. Daniela speaks Spanish and French. She attended the University of Virginia and earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Georgia State University. After graduating, she served as a Teach For America corps member in Atlanta, Georgia where she taught third and fifth grade. Daniela loves to spend time with her family, travel and experience new cultures, study languages, volunteer in the community, and explore the Twin Cities. One of the best parts about working at Hiawatha Academies is working with families and students every day.

Diana Agudo

Office Assistant

dagudo@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-743-5825

Emily Cook

First Grade Teacher

ecook@hiawathaacademies.org

Esther Olawuyi

Second Grade Teacher

eolawuyi@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-578-9531

Grace Hausker

Kindergarten Teacher

ghausker | 763-360-5706

Habibo Kalifa

Hannah Forster

Second Grade Teacher

hforster@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-735-4217

Heidi Allen

Special Education Teacher

hallen@hiawathaacademies.org

Heidi Milner

Third Grade Teacher

hmilner@hiawathaacademies.org

Hilary Kirsch

Kindergarten Teacher

hkirsch@hiawathaacademies.org | 952-607-7622

Jasmine Engler

Jen Alfaro-Glover

Student Success Coach

jalfaro@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-807-3146

Jen Zeidman

Social Worker

jzeidman@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-207-8811

Jennifer Hernandez

Paraprofessional

jhernandez@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-743-8467

Jess Lyons

Fourth Grade Teacher

jlyons@hiawathaacademies.org

Jessie Damsgard

Fourth Grade Teacher

jdamsgard@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-584-1497 (texts preferred)

Jolie Goolish

First Grade Teacher

jgoolish@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-547-9722

Jordan Ebel

Second Grade Teacher

jebel@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-584-1817

Kels Bruun-Bryant

Director of Operations

kbruunbryant@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-730-3371

Kiah Young-Burns

Kindergarten Teacher

kyoungburns@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-964-1328

Kylie Hanschman

Spanish Language Specialist

khanschman@hiawathaacademies.org | 319-329-3383

Lindsey Niznik

First Grade Teacher

lniznik@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-306-1435

Lucy Rosario

Dean of Student Support Services

lrosario@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-807-4689

Micayla Irmiter

Art Teacher

mirmiter@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-281-1915 (texts preferred)

Michael Seely

Special Education Teacher

mseely@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-310-8116

Myasia Johnson

Paraprofessional

mjohnson@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-237-5593

Natasha Villanueva

Transporation and Operations Coordinator

nvillanueva@hiawathaacademies.org | Office: 612-455-4033 | Mobile: 612-267-2286

Olivia Benson

Third Grade Teacher

obenson@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-347-0883

Passion Carson

Cafeteria Lead

pcarson@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-475-9633

Peggy O’Mahoney Short

Special Education Teacher

pshort@hiawathaacademies.org

Rachel Archer

Special Education Teacher

rarcher@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-327-7823

Robbi Weil

Fourth Grade Teacher

rweil@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-578-3437

Sarah Spainhower

Coverage Teacher

sspainhower@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-434-8984

Saul Flores-Lopez

Teacher: English Language Development

sfloreslopez@hiawathaacademies.org

Sheila Willson

Third Grade Teacher

swillson@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-807-4695

Sofia Vladimirova

Tasha McGuire

Paraprofessional

lmcguire@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-387-1972

Tessa Buschmann

Teacher

tbuschmann@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-250-1476

ZiZi Humphrey

Alexandra Hunter

Eighth Grade English Language Arts Teacher

ahunter@hiawathaacademies.org | 515-770-1830

Amirah Bakri

Paraprofessional

abakri@hiawathaacademies.org

Anna Thiede

Eighth Grade Science Teacher

athiede@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-408-6878

Antoinette Strain

Dean of Students

astrain@hiawathaacademies.org | 510-504-3680

Antoinette Strain was born and raised outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She studied K-8 Education at the University of New Mexico with a concentration in Teaching English as a Second Language. Post-graduation, Antoinette taught middle school math and science in the Oakland Unified School District where she also acted as a department head and district teacher leader. Prior to joining the Hiawatha team, Antoinette coached first and second year teachers across the Twin Cities and participated in a year-long institute with New Leaders focused on developing site leadership skills. Antoinette is excited to bring her experience with positive behavior supports, restorative practices, and social and emotional learning to her role as Dean of Students.

Arthur Bishop

Cafeteria Lead

abishop@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-578-4595

Ashley (Zarlasht) Niaz

Paraprofessional

zniaz@hiawathaacademies.org

Audra Johnson

Art Teacher

ajohnson@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-237-3552

Brandon Gill

Director of Operations

bgill@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-217-4495

Born and raised in Syracuse, NY, Brandon earned his B.A. in Economics and Public Policy at Brown University and his M.Ed. in Education Policy and Management at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. His career in education spans several schools, organizations and states, including Florida, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. Prior to moving to Minnesota, Brandon worked as the Operations Manager for two successful charter schools in NYC: Success Academy Charter Schools and Future Leaders Institute Charter School. He enjoys working to ensure that students, families, and staff have all the resources needed for an exceptionally high-quality education. "Being the Director of Operations at Hiawatha College Prep also allows me the opportunity to help work toward educational equity for all students regardless of background."

Carlos Bedoya Ortiz

Transportation and Operations Coordinator

cbedoyaortiz@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-338-1146

Chelsea Ophime Elsberry

Seventh Grade Science Teacher

celsberry@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-743-6217

Darlene Gibson

Special Education Teacher

dgibson@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-384-8003

Daryn Woodson

Dean of Student Support Services

dwoodson@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-990-7221

A nomad at heart, Daryn was born and raised in several cities in the Midwest but left the cold for the warmth to receive her undergraduate degree in TV and Film from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduation and missing her parents, Daryn moved back to Minnesota and worked for the CW Twin Cities for two years before leaving it all to teach English in Japan for a year. Following Japan, nomadic Daryn made pit stops in Hawaii and the Bay Area before settling into Los Angeles, where she received her Masters in Special Education and taught for five years in Watts at Alain LeRoy Locke High School. Daryn has slowly drifted back to Minnesota and is very excited to serve in her new role as Dean of Student Support Services at HCP-Kingfield.

Debby Henry

Special Education Teacher

dhenry@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-220-0985

Evan Uribe

Physical Education Teacher

euribe@hiawathaacademies.org | 952-986-3504

Gabriela Stiteler

Assistant Principal

gstiteler@hiawathaacademies.org | 202-316-8271

Ms. Stiteler is the assistant principal of Hiawatha College Prep-Kingfield. After graduating from Oberlin College, Gabi moved to Washington, D.C. and worked at KIPP DC: Key Academy in a variety of teaching capacities over the course of her seven years there. In 2014, she completed her M.Ed. at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology. Gabi moved to Minneapolis and taught as the founding eighth grade literature teacher at Hiawatha College Prep in 2014. Her literature classes had some of the highest achievement gains in the network, with nearly 80% of eighth graders meeting or passing their growth goals. In addition to teaching, Gabi has been a Grade Level co-chair for four years at HCP-K. Gabi loves the students and families that she works with and enjoys being part of the HCP-K and South Minneapolis communities.

Hailey Karlovich

Fifth Grade Science Teacher

hkarlovich@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-715-2294

Heather Busch

Fifth Grade Reading Teacher

hbusch@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-310-0250

Hector Betance Quiroz

Spanish Language Teacher

hbetancequiroz@hiawathaacademies.org | 507-370-3175

Janiru Herath

Special Education Teacher

jherath@hiawathaacademies.org

Jared McComber

Sixth Grade Science Teacher

jmccomber@hiawathaacademies.org | 320-828-3780

Jesse Arvidson

Sixth Grade Social Studies Teacher

jarvidson@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-800-1472

Jessye Lewis

Physical Education Teacher

jlewis@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-432-2201

John Kaczorek

Hybrid Math Teacher Leader

jkaczorek@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-341-7821

Katie Monroe

Social Worker

kmonroe@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-430-2635

Keena Brossart

Fifth Grade Humanities Teacher

kbrossart@hiawathaacademies.org

Kelsey Uribe

Sixth Grade LiteratureTeacher; Grade-Level Chair

kuribe@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-986-3504

Kevin Hohlstein

Music Teacher

khohlstein@hiawathaacademies.org

Laura Rodriguez

Office Manager

lrodriguez@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-387-7047

Laura Schilling

Eighth Grade Math Teacher

lschilling@hiawathaacademies.org | 248-961-2721

Lindsay Johnson

Drama Teacher

ljohnson@hiawathaacademies.org | 608-797-5028

Mandy Williams

Fifth Grade Reading Teacher

awilliams@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-334-0992

Maricela Cortez Ocampo

Special Education Teacher

mcortezocampo@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-231-5637

Mark Scheer

Seventh Grade English Language Arts Teacher

mscheer@hiawathaacademies.org

Matt Toppin

Principal | Hiawatha College Prep-Kingfield

mtoppin@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-802-5521

Mr. Toppin is the principal of Hiawatha College Prep-Kingfield. After graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College, Matt began his career in education teaching high school math in Miami through Teach for America. After returning to Minnesota, he served as an instructional coach for beginning teachers, then returned to classroom teaching as the founding seventh grade math teacher at Hiawatha College Prep in 2013. His math classes had some of the highest achievement gains our network has seen and in 2016 over 90% of his students reached their growth goals. From 2016-2018 Matt served as the founding Dean of Instruction at Hiawatha Collegiate High School. In his time at HCHS he has helped grow the school from 100 to 290 students and led the efforts to increase ACT scores by an average of 2 points each year. Matt brings a solid 5-12 lens to his leadership and is excited to ensure our middle school program achieves unparalleled academic growth in the years to come.

Meghan Keenan

Special Education Teacher

mkeenan@hiawathaacademies.org

Morgan Fogarty

Fifth, Sixth Grade Math Teacher

mfogarty@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-270-8416

Rosa Costain

Discipline and Culture Liaison, Get Ready Pathways

rcostain@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-730-3663

Ryane Hardy

Eighth Grade Humanities Teacher

rhardy@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-805-3399

Sabrina Edwards

Dean of Students

sedwards@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-310-7792

Ms. Edwards is the Dean of Students of Hiawatha College Prep Kingfield. Her work is centered on providing a positive school culture where students and staff feel valued, respected and included. After graduating from college, Sabrina began working in Central Florida at a local university in Student Affairs. In her work, she connected college students with the local community, while providing them with valuable experiences applicable to their studies. She left education to work in the business sector. She held many roles some including allocation, operations, marketing, leadership training and human resources. She also taught classes as an adjunct professor. After working in the business sector for several years, Sabrina was not self-fulfilled in her intended purpose and wanted to make a positive impact and mentor students of color. In 2017, Sabrina relocated to Minnesota to take on the position of Director of Operations for HCP-K. After working for a year in the role, she wanted to work with students more closely. Sabrina is excited to work with families and students, in addition to partnering with the local community to provide students with a well-rounded educational experience.

Sarah Black

Seventh Grade Humanities Teacher

sblack@hiawathacademies.org | 612-655-3275

Shadelle Ware

Discipline and Culture Liaison

sware@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-408-5582

Shane Birtzer

Sophia Estrada Cantua

Operations and Engagement Coordinator

sestrada@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-207-2084

Tanya Wacholz

English Language Development Teacher

twacholz@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-876-1825

Tory Waggoner

Amanda Olson

Fifth Grade Science Teacher

aolson@hiawathaacademies.org

Beda Martinez

Dean of Instruction

bmartinez@hiawathaacademies.org | 262-822-1248

Beda Martinez was born and raised in a rust belt city in Wisconsin. She identifies as a low-income, first generation Chicana. Her passion for education equity comes from her own experiences as a student in public schools. She grew up experiencing two realities. One reality was that of many other low-income students of color, and the other was that of more affluent white families. This became abundantly clear when she transferred from the comfort of her neighborhood school to a less diverse elementary school. The schools were no more than a few miles apart but the expectations for students were vastly different. After triple majoring at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, Beda joined the teaching force and then became an instructional coach in Las Vegas. She went on to work in education policy and advocacy. Now, she will be returning to the school setting to serve as the founding Dean of Instruction for Hiawatha College Prep-Northrop. During her spare time, Beda enjoys playtime with Santiago, her son, and trying out new cuisines with her partner, Edwin. She is excited to call the Twin Cities home.

Blanca Crespin

Dana Huseth

Fifth Grade Humanities Teacher

dhuseth@hiawathaacademies.org

Desiree Chavez

Fifth Grade Special Education

dchavez@hiawathaacademies.org

Gwendolyn Hurt

Fifth Grade Paraeducator

ghurt@hiawathaacademies.org

Hafsa Mohamud

Fifth Grade Math Teacher

hmohamud@hiawathaacademies.org

Jonny Lincoln

Physical Education Teacher

jlincoln@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-743-2359

Kendra Kecker

Director of Operations

kkecker@hiawathaacademies.org

Matthew Freese

Dean of Students

mfreese@hiawathaacademies.org

Matthew Freese is the founding Dean of Students at HCP-N. While originally from the great state of Iowa, he attended Bethel University before moving to St. Louis, Missouri through Teach for America. There he spent four years as a middle school math teacher while focusing on equity, opportunity, and academic excellence. After completing a Master’s degree at Teacher’s College at Columbia University, he then transitioned into the role of Assistant Principal where he has served for the last two years. He is now moving back to the Twin Cities and is excited to be a part of the founding HCP-N team.

Naria Torres

Sherene Judeh

Principal | Hiawatha College Prep-Northrop

sjudeh@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-559-6546

Sherene Judeh has been a teacher, school administrator, and advocate for equity in education for over 12 years. She has taught and led in district and charter schools and seeks continuous improvement in service of high expectations, strong community, and strong achievement results for students. Sherene has experience in interdisciplinary learning. social-emotional learning, change management, arts integration, and restorative practices. Through research, collaboration, and design, Sherene has worked with several schools to transform academic programming into authentic, community centered learning experiences for students resulting in dramatically increased student achievement. As the Founding Principal of Hiawatha College Prep-Northrop, Sherene has been responsible for leading the research, development, piloting, and codification of the newest Hiawatha Academies school focused on equity, community and student agency.

Tom Krueger

Fifth Grade Humanities Teacher

tkrueger@hiawathaacademies.org

Adam Frank

Multicultural Literature Teacher

afrank@hiawathaacademies.org

Alejandra Melgarejo-Diaz

History and Social Sciences: U.S. History

amelgarejo@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-578-6433

Alicia Gruenwald

Science: Chemistry Teacher

agruenwald@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-310-4180

Amy Carlson

Math-Algebra Teacher

acarlson@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-220-5301

Ashley Musana Bomboka

Enrollment Coordinator

abomboka@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-986-7383

Beatriz Alcazar Alvarez

Social Worker

balcazar@hiawathaacademies.org | 707-393-8675

Bekah Simpson

Social Worker

bsimpson@hiawathaacademies.org | 224-577-8342

Ben MacKenzie

Ninth Grade Speech and Composition Teacher

bmackenzie@hiawathaacademies.org

Benjamin Fall

Physical Education and Health Teacher

bfall@hiawathaacademies.org | 715-209-2124

Caleea Kidder

Dean of College Programming

ckidder@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-485-1148

Caleea Kidder is the founding Dean of Students at Hiawatha Collegiate High School. Caleea was born and raised in St. Paul, educated in the Saint Paul Public Schools, and then attended the University of Minnesota, where she earned a B.A. in Spanish Studies and Child Psychology. She then earned a M.Ed. in Youth Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago, only to return home to Minnesota to serve the communities she calls home. Caleea has worked with youth as a mental health professional as well as through coordinating a college access program for Latino adolescents. Caleea believes that young people thrive when surrounded by supportive consistent adults, and she’s excited to be able to interact with young people on a daily basis. Outside of work, Caleea enjoys playing and watching basketball, trying out new recipes and playing with her children, Osca, Mabel and Willie.

Chris Mah

Ninth Grade Multicultural Literature Teacher

cmah@hiawathaacademies.org | 425-247-5176

Dana Hanson

Tenth Grade World Literature Teacher

dhanson@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-600-5451

Danny Smith

Discipline and Culture Liaison

dsmith@hiawathaacademies.org | 312-869-1780

Dylan Glines

Student Support Assistant

dglines@hiawathaacademies.org

Elizabeth Saunby

Office Assistant

esaunby@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-494-7422

Ellen Vanden Branden

Erica Miller

Ninth Grade Teacher

emiller@hiawathaacademies.org

Estrella Almaguer

Operations Coordinator

ealmaguer@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-426-9839

Gabriela Xochihua-Strickland

Spanish Language and Art Teacher

gxochihua@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-227-2887

Grace Leary

Special Education Teacher

gleary@hiawathaacademies.org

Grace Peterson

Paraprofessional

gpeterson@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-246-4818

Heriberto (Natin) Moreno Vallette

Office Manager and Family Liaison

mmoreno@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-998-0574

Ian McLaughlin

Special Education Coordinator

imclaughlin@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-220-8829

Jacob Frush

Pre-Calculus Math Teacher

jfrush@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-695-6123

Jen Swenson

Early College Seminar Teacher

jswenson@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-385-4426

Jessica Macken

Math: Algebra Teacher

jmacken@hiawathaacademies.org | 518-527-0962

Joe Kennealy

History and Social Sciences: World History Teacher

jkennealy@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-600-3094

John Connolly

Twelfth Grade Speech and Composition Teacher

jconnolly@hiawathaacademies.org | 630-878-2290

Jon Laven

Math: Geometry Teacher

jlaven@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-600-5411

Jordan Humble

Science: Biology Teacher

jhumble@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-220-1769

Kelsey Clodfelter

Eleventh Grade Language and Composition AP Teacher

kclodfelter@hiawathaacademies.org

Kendra Olsen

Tenth Grade Science: Chemistry

kolsen@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-547-9056

Lauren Bouchard

Special Education Teacher

lbouchard@hiawathaacademies.org | 609-204-1907

Lindsey DeLand

English Language Development Teacher

ldeland@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-345-1622

Marcus Berg

History and Social Sciences: Civics Teacher

mberg@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-770-2463

Maryan Yusuf

Special Education Teacher

myusuf@hiawathaacademies.org

Meg O’Connor

Ninth Grade Speech and Composition Teacher

moconnor@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-281-0996

Molly Naylor

English Language Development Teacher

mnaylor@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-440-1087

Morgan Ellis

Paraprofessional

mellis@hiawathaacademies.org

N’Jai-An Patters

Social Science: Government and Politics AP History and Social Studies

npatters@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-805-8106

Nadia Nibbs

Dean of Instruction

nnibbs@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-281-6653

Natalie Trevino

English Language Development Coordinator

nheath@hiawathaacademies.org | 608-386-5907

Nicole Cooley

Principal | Hiawatha Collegiate High School

ncooley@hiawathaacademies.org | Office: 612-547-9056 | Direct: 920-740-3963

Nicole Cooley is the founding Principal of Hiawatha Collegiate High School. She began her career in education teaching middle school in St. Louis through Teach for America. She then moved to Chicago, where she worked as a teacher and administrator at Gary Comer College Prep, a campus of Noble Street Charter School, the highest performing high school charter network in the city. While there, she led both students and teachers to unprecedented successes, most notably, 100 percent graduation and enrollment in college. In 2013, she joined the Hiawatha Team as Director of Teaching and Learning. When asked about her work, she shared “I feel amazingly grateful to be part of a network wherein one hundred percent of students will not only graduate from high school, but will be academically and personally prepared to experience both the success and challenge that will exist for them in college.”

Noel Ellis

Science: Biology Teacher

nellis@hiawathaacademies.org | 267-879-3880

Patrick Hueller

Eleventh Grade Rhetoric and Composition Teacher

phueller@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-707-4688

Raquel McLaughlin

Director of Operations

rmclaughlin@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-578-8935

Rene Ruiz Olivar

Cafeteria Staff Lead

rruiz@hiawathaacademies.org

Roberto Lazo

Spanish Language Teacher

rlazo@hiawathaacademies.org | 646-752-4572

Robin Purman

Reading: History and Social Sciences: Civics

rpurman@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-366-2829

Ryan Williams-Virden

Dean of Students

rwilliams-Virden@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-251-3366

Ryan Williams-Virden is the Dean of Students at Hiawatha Collegiate High School. He was born and raised in Northeast Minneapolis. Ryan earned a B.A. in Social Studies from Hamline University and proudly represented the Hamline Pipers playing intercollegiate baseball. As a young student – and the first from his working-class family to attend college, Ryan became deeply involved and passionate around social justice and equity issues. After completing his Education licensure he taught social studies over the next nine years. Concurrent with teaching, he earned a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Metropolitan State University with a focus on issues of Race, Class and Gender. Ryan also has a Master’s of Education degree from the University of Illinois, with a focus on Diversity and Inclusion. Ryan is dedicated to being a driving force pushing education to realize its revolutionary potential.

Sarah Barott

Scott Kolman-Keen

Sophia Paredes

Math Teacher

sparedes@hiawathaacademies.org | 517-599-9151

Spencer Virden

Paraprofessional

svirden@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-807-4771

Stephen Watkins

Special Education Teacher

swatkins@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-578-4815

Suad Jama

Special Education Teacher

sjama@hiawathaacademies.org

Tony Andrade

Secondary Enrichment Coordinator

tandrade@hiawathaacademies.org | 763-843-2364

Tyler Monroe

Ninth Grade Multicultural Literature Teacher

tmonroe@hiawathaacademies.org

Xavier Burt

Student Support Assistant

xburt@hiawathaacademies.org