Abdifatah Ahmed

Enrollment & Admissions Manager

aahmed@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-559-5918

Alex Gallagher

Director of Student Support Services

agallagher@hiawathaacademies.org | 715-491-2135

Andrew Paulson

School Psychologist


AnnaKristina Yesberger

Due Process Coordinator


Brittany Porrazzo

Data Manager

bporrazzo@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-578-3765

Carolyn Roby

Managing Director of Schools


Carrie Roby

Network Literacy Coordinator

croby@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-236-6596

Conor Leonard

Development Manager

cleonard@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-547-8640

Edwin Ochoa

Director of Human Resources

eochoa@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-250-1324

Heather Busch

Network Literacy Coordinator

hbusch@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-310-0250

Irma Márquez Trapero

Director of Talent Recruitment

imarquez@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-237-7636

Jaquie Archer

Network Assessment Coordinator

jarcher@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-578-9326

Libby Stegger

Senior Director of Enrollment

lstegger@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-388-3259

Lisa Sass Zaragoza

Equity Consultant

lsasszaragoza@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-432-4855

Liz Pangerl

Director Marketing and Communications

lpangerl@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-387-6604

Madison McConnell

Marketing and Social Media Coordinator

mmcconnell@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-730-1480

Maria Marino

Michael Knutson

Director of Talent Recruitment


Nicole Dummann

School Health Coordinator


Rosie Kellogg

Operations Manager

rkellogg@hiawathaacademies.org | 507-269-1394

Sara Boedecker-Johnston

Senior Director of Program

sboedeckerjohnston@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-385-6388

Shannon Gavin

Family Engagement Manager

sgavin@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-578-5198

Ted Dohm

Director of Enrollment and Admissions

tdohm@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-385-7430

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 Trevino

Assistant Principal

atrevino@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-384-1762

Amanda Underwood

Specialist Teacher

aunderwood@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-396-8258

Angie Pfeffer

Second Grade Teacher

apfeffer@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-490-4546

Anna Dibley

Fourth Grade Teacher - Reading, Writing, Social Studies

adibley@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-306-2988

Ariana Tellez

Ariana Tellez

Ashley Prescott

Bryan Daly

Special Educator Teacher

bdaly@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-730-7634

Carmen Alvarado

Cafeteria Staff

Carter Haaland

Kindergarten Teacher

chaaland@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-310-0437

Catherine Chu-Lapiska

Principal | Hiawatha Leadership Academy - Morris Park

clapiska@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-408-3379

Born and raised in Minnesota, Catherine is thrilled to return home and join the Hiawatha 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 team supporting students, families and teachers in achieving and exceeding their goals.

Charlotte Carlsen

Fourth Grade Math and Science Teacher

ccarlsen@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-490-5652

Clare Dudzinski

School Social Worker

cdudzinski@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-558-7472

Cristian Selvan-Morfin

Crystal Daugherty

Third Grade Math Teacher


Daeja Carson

Third Grade Teacher


Devyn Pittorf

Kindergarten Teacher

dpittorf@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-385-8784

Diane Coddington

Reading Corps Tutor


Emily Curtis

Second and Third Grade English Language Development Teacher

ecurtis@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-558-6180

Erin Chambers

First Grade Teacher


Erin Matschiner

Third Grade Teacher

ematschiner@hiawathaacadmies.org | 612-578-5214

Eugenides Hermes

Guadalupe Andrade

Guadalupe Andrade

Hamdi Husein

Haven Davis


hdavis@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-998-2458

Jed Hermes


ehermes@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-558-7478

Jess Cain

Kindergarten Teacher


Jordan Fitch

Physical Education Teacher

jfitch@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-490-7102

Jordan McNiven

Fourth Grade Teacher


Justine Selsing

First Grade Teacher


Kari Kielsa

Special Education Teacher

kkielsa@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-296-5335

Kate Vishneski

First Grade Teacher

kmaynor@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-220-7550

Kelley Forsberg

Second Grade Teacher

Kforsberg@hiawathaacademies.org | 952-457-9161

Laura Harringa

Third Grade Teacher

lharringa@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-387-0478

Linde Grubb

Director of Operations | Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Morris Park

lgrubb@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-743-9816

Lindsey Kane

First Grade Teacher

lkane@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-281-7545

Maia Horsager

Specialist Teacher

mhorsager@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-807-0519

Marcela Rojas

Office Manager

mrojas@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-250-5604

Maren Daniels

Margo Peterson

Marisol Rojas

Fourth Grade Teacher


Maureen Fink

English Language Development Teacher

mharrington@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-281-1383

Maya Soriano

Miguel Peña

Nancy Marin

Office Assistant

nmarin@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-388-1842

Rachel LaMachia Stephens

Rachel Peulen

Special Education Coordinator


Rebecca Snyder

Sarai Anderson

Transportation Coordinator

sanderson@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-237-0920

Shae Elliot

Special Education Teacher


Stephanie Sowma

Special Education Teacher

ssowma@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-695-0013

Veronica Myers

Yolanda Pruitt

Special Education Paraprofessional


Allison Stasson

First Grade Teacher

astasson@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-42401720

Allison Stasson

Ally Stephens

Second Grade English Language Development Teacher

astephens@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-968-8022

Amanda Snyder

Specialist Teacher

amsnyder@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-388-6671

Amanda Snyder

Specialist Teacher


Aubrey Hendry Noonan

Kindergarten Teacher

ahendry@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-387-2651

Aubrey Noonan

Bailey Marmesh


bmarmesh@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-267-2144

Bailey Marmesh

Bobbi Pratt



Charise Powell

Fourth Grade Teacher

cpowell@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-578-0112

Chris Vaughan

English Language Development Coordinator

cvaughan@hiawathaacademies.org | 413-281-1268

Daniela Srini Vasan

Principal | Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Northrop

dvasan@hiawathaacademies.org | 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

Ellen Bluhm

Special Education Teacher


Emily Peltier

Special Education Teacher

epeltier@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-584-1739

Erika Hansen

Third Grade Teacher

ehansen@hiawathaacademies.org | Work: 612-239-0827 | Personal: 815-973-6628

Erika Hansen

Hannah Forster

Second Grade Teacher

hforster@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-807-4899

Hannah Forster

Hattie Carvalho

Assistant Principal | Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Northrop

hcarvalho@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-310-8025

Jan Kleinman

Jasmine Engler

Jennifer Alfaro

Student Success Coach

jalfaro@hiawathaacdemies.org | 612-807-3146

Jennifer Alfaro

Behavior Interventionist


Jennifer Hernandez


jhernandez@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-743-8467

Jennifer Hernandez

Jennifer Smith

Jessie Damsgard

Fourth Grade Teacher

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

Jessye Lewis


jlewis@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-432-2201

Jessye Lewis



Jonny Lincoln

K-4 Physical Education Teacher

jlincoln@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-743-2359

Jordan Ebel

Second Grade Teacher

jebel@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-584-1817

Jordan Ebel

Katie Cooney

Special Education Coordinator

kcooney@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-743-8721

Kayann Comeaux

Special Education Teacher


Kelly Setala

First Grade Teacher

ksetala@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-386-7301

Kelly Setala

Kels Bruun-Bryant

Director of Operations | Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Northrop

kbruunbryant@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-730-3371

Kelsey Romero

Social Worker

kromero@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-207-8811

Kiah Young-Burns

Kindergarten Teacher


Kiah Young-Burns

Kylie Hanschman

Spanish Language Specialist

khanschman@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-584-0897

Kylie Hanschman

Lindsey Niznik

First Grade Teacher

lniznik@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-251-9064

Lindsey Niznik

Lucille Rosario

Maria Alvarado

Maintenance and Cafeteria Coordinator


Maryan Yusuf



Micayla Irmiter

Specialist Teacher

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

Michael Seely


mseely@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-310-8116

Michael Seely



Myasia Johnson


mjohnson@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-237-5593

Natalie Ripley

Kindergarten English Language Development Teacher

nripley@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-267-2117

Natasha Villanueva

Operations Coordinator

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

Priyanka Subramanian

Rachel Archer

Special Education Teacher

rarcher@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-327-7823

Rachel Archer

Rachel Knutowski

Kindergarten Teacher

rknutowski@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-281-1391

Rachel Knutowski

Rachel Love

Third Grade Teacher

rlove@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-568-5653

Rachel Love

Robbi Weil

Fourth Grade Teacher

rweil@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-578-3437

Samantha Carlson


scarlson@hiawathaacademies.org | 952-491-0242

Samantha Carlson

Sarah Spainhower

Sheila Willson

Second Grade Teacher

swillson@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-807-4695

Steve Watkins


swatkins@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-578-4815

Tessa Buschmann


tbuschmann@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-250-1476

Tessa Buschmann

Special Education Paraprofessional


Tress Ahles

Third Grade English Language Development Teacher

tahles@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-807-4689

Zisuell Humphrey

Alexandra Dahl

Amirah Bakri



Anna Thiede

Eighth Grade Science Teacher

athiede@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-408-6878

Arthur Bishop

Cafeteria & Maintenance Lead

abishop@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-578-4595

Ashley Niaz



Audra Johnson

Art Teacher

ajohnson@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-237-3552

Benjamin Johnson

Special Education Paraprofessional

bjohnson@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-806-4919

Brandon Royce-Diop

Dean, Culture and Discipline | Upper School

broycediop@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-481-1334

Carlos Bedoya Ortiz

Operations Coordinator

cbedoyaortiz@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-338-1146

Chelsea Ophime Elsberry

Seventh Grade Science Teacher

celsberry@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-743-6217

Cristin Craig, Ed.S.

Dean, Culture and Discipline | Lower School

ccraig@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-990-7221

Cruz Conejo

Physical Education Teacher

cconejo@hiawathaacademies.org | 847-313-8516

Darlene Gibson

Debra Henry

Sixth Grade Special Education Teacher

dhenry@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-220-0985

Dylan Glines

Gabriela Stiteler

Eighth Grade Literature Teacher

gstiteler@hiawathaacademies.org | 202-316-8271

Hailey Karlovich

Fifth Grade Science Teacher

hkarlovich@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-715-2294

Jean Scheaffer

Reading Interventionist

jscheaffer@hiawathaacademies.org | 323-868-5334

Jennifer Beckham

Sixth Grade Humanities Teacher

jbeckham@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-695-2470

Joana Di Meglio

Fifth Grade Humanities Teacher; Grade-Level Chair; Technology Integrationist

jdimeglio@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-408-9038

John Kaczorek

Hybrid Math Teacher Leader

jkaczorek@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-341-7821

Joseph Doll

Fifth Grade Math Teacher

jdoll@hiawathaacademies.org | 715-630-2526

Josiah Mosqueda

Kelsey Uribe

Sixth Grade LiteratureTeacher; Grade-Level Chair

kuribe@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-986-3504

Kristina Fehn

Band Teacher

kfehn@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-260-2307

Kyler Berg

Sixth Grade Math Teacher

kberg@hiawathaacademies.org | 920-655-8671

Laura Rodriguez

Office Manager

lrodriguez@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-387-7047

Laura Schilling

Eighth Grade Math Teacher

lschilling@hiawathaacademies.org | 248-961-2721

Lindsay Johnson

Seventh and Eighth Grade Drama Teacher

ljohnson@hiawathaacademies.org | 608-797-5028

Mandy Williams

Fifth Grade Science Teacher

awilliams@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-334-0992

Maricela Cortez Ocampo

Seventh Grade Special Education Teacher

mcortezocampo@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-231-5637

Ramon I. Reina

Social Worker

rreina@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-558-4788

Ryane Hardy

Eighth Grade Humanities Teacher; Grade-Level Co-Chair

rhardy@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-805-3399

Sabrina Edwards

Iterim Principal - Hiawatha College Prep-Kingfield

sedwards@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-310-7792

Sarah Black

Sixth Grade Humanities Teacher

sblack@hiawathacademies.org | 612-655-3275

Shadelle Ware

Discipline and Culture Liaison

sware@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-408-5582

Shannon Conk



Shirice Harris

Seventh Grade Literature Teacher

sharris@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-990-3934

Suzanne Blum Grundyson

Seventh and Eighth Grade Special Education Teacher and Coordinator

sblumgrundyson@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-741-9434

Tanya Wacholz

Eighth Grade English Language Development Teacher

twacholz@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-876-1825

Zach Faricy

Sixth Grade Science Teacher

zfaricy@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-382-6803

Alicia Alexander

Beda Martinez

Dean of Instruction

Kate Palmer

Founding Director of Operations


Kate Palmer is the founding Director of Operations of Hiawatha College Prep-Northrop. Originally from a suburb of Detroit, Kate graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University where she majored in Gender Studies and African Studies. She is currently completing a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois, Chicago. In addition to disrupting systemic barriers in education, she is passionate about health equity and has worked for the past ten years in reproductive and LGBT healthcare. Kate lives in south Minneapolis and enjoys spending time with her partner and infant son, Leon.

Matthew Freese

Dean of Students

Nicholas Baker



Sherene Judah

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. For the past three months, Sherene has been the Founding Principal, leading the research, development, piloting, and codification of the newest Hiawatha Academies school focused on equity, community and student agency.

Stephanie Lee

Math Foundations and Personalized Learning


Stephanie Lee has worked as a high school math teacher in district and charter schools for the past eleven years. Driven by a strong desire to empower students to become leaders of their own learning, she believes that cultivating strong relationships is essential to building effective student-led learning communities. Stephanie has experience in designing math and interdisciplinary curriculum, implementing restorative justice practices, and using action research to improve teacher practice. Stephanie joined HCP-Northrop’s build team in October and is working on designing curriculum for HCP-Northrop’s math program and its personalized enrichment projects.

Yousef Abraham

Recruitment and Enrollment Coordinator


Amy Carlson

Special Education Teacher

acarlson@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-220-5301

Anna Eddie

Director of Operations | Hiawatha Collegiate High School

aeddie@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-281-0123

Beatriz Alcazar Alvarez

Social Worker

balcazar@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-600-1875

Beatriz Alcazar Alvarez

Ben MacKenzie

Ninth Grade Speech and Composition Teacher

bmackenzie@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-695-3800

Caleea Kidder

Founding Dean of Students | Hiawatha Collegiate High School

ckidder@hiawathaacademies.org | 651-485-1148

Dana Hanson

Tenth Grade World Literature Teacher

dhanson@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-600-5451

Daniel Smith

Discipline and Culture Liaison


Gabriela Xochihua-Strickland

Art Teacher and Paraprofessional

gxochihua@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-227-2887

Grace Leary



Ian McLaughlin

Special Education Coordinator

imclaughlin@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-220-8829

Joe Kennealy

World History Teacher

jkennealy@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-600-3094

Jon Laven

Math Teacher

jlaven@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-600-5411

Jordan Humble

Founding Biology Teacher

jhumble@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-220-1769

Jose Andrade

Enrichment Coordinator


Lindsay DeLand

English Language Development Teacher

ldeland@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-281-4443

Matt Toppin

Dean of Instruction | Hiawatha Collegiate High School

mtoppin@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-802-5521

Meekell allen



Meg O’Connor

Tenth Grade Speech and Composition Teacher

moconnor@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-281-0996

Nadia Nibbs

Multicultural Literature Teacher

nnibbs@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-281-6653

Natalie Heath

English Language Development Teacher

nheath@hiawathaacademies.org | 608-386-5907

Nicole Cooley

Principal | Hiawatha Collegiate High School

ncooley@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-547-9746

Ms. Cooley is the founding Principal of Hiawatha Collegiate High School. She began her career in education teaching 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 Academies as director of teaching and learning. When asked about her work, she said, "“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 be prepared to experience both the success and challenge that will exist for them in college".”

Paulina Perez Ortiz



Ryan Williams-Virden

Dean of Students | Hiawatha Collegiate High School

rwilliams-virden@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-281-6659

Spencer Virden

Steve Watkins

Tony Andrade

Enrichment Coordinator


Victor Sanchez Castro

Office Manager

vsanchez-castro@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-600-5573