Catherine Chu-Lapiska

Principal | Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Morris Park

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

Christine H. Reed

Chief Operations Officer

creed@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 773-573-5721

Christine is a strategic leader with over 20 years of operations experience with private and public sector organizations. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Operations for Catharsis Productions, an organization that provides sexual harassment and violence prevention training to corporations, colleges/universities, and the military. Prior to Catharsis, she was the Director of Operations for Civitas Education Partners where she supported four charter schools in Chicago, IL. Christine is a graduate of Tuskegee University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Kettering University with an M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Purdue University with an MBA. She is also an alumni of the Broad Residency in Urban Education. Christine is a native of New Orleans, LA, a life-long Saints fan and is honored and excited to join Hiawatha Academies as she returns to the banks of the Mississippi River.

Colette Owens

Executive Director | Hiawatha Academies

cowens@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 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.

Dawn Gunderson Taylor

Chief Talent Officer | Hiawatha Academies

dgundersontaylor@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 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.

Libby Stegger

Chief Advancement Officer | Hiawatha Academies

lstegger@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-388-3259

Libby has cross-functional experience in non-profit strategy development and execution, fund development and strategic partnerships, data systems and analysis, and organizational leadership. Entering her fifth year at Hiawatha Academies, Libby lead Hiawatha Academies’ fund development work for 2 years, building out a multi-million dollar growth campaign. Most recently, Libby has lead Hiawatha’s student recruitment and finance functions. Prior to her work at Hiawatha Academies, Libby spearheaded the child hunger strategy at Hunger-Free Minnesota, an initiative of Second Harvest Heartland. Libby holds a B.A. in political science from Davidson College and an MBA from Yale University.

Matt Toppin

Principal | Hiawatha College Prep-Kingfield

mtoppin@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 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.

Nate Manaen

Principal | Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Northrop

nmanaen@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 952-237-3632 | Office: 612-455-4004

Nicole Cooley

Principal | Hiawatha Collegiate High School

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

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 | Mobile: 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 | Mobile: 612-361-8990

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.

Adam Hunt

Network Operations Director

ahunt@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-293-8422

Alex Gallagher

Academic Program Director

agallagher@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 715-491-2135

Andrew Paulson

School Psychologist

apaulson@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 651-271-7929

Anna Yesberger

Due Process Coordinator

Due Process Coordinator | Mobile: 612-200-3357

Ashley Burris

Human Resources Coordinator

aburris@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 571-420-0515

Ben Taylor

Knowledge and Information Systems Director

btaylor@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 314-954-8447

Christine H. Reed

Chief Operations Officer

creed@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 773-573-5721

Christine is a strategic leader with over 20 years of operations experience with private and public sector organizations. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Operations for Catharsis Productions, an organization that provides sexual harassment and violence prevention training to corporations, colleges/universities, and the military. Prior to Catharsis, she was the Director of Operations for Civitas Education Partners where she supported four charter schools in Chicago, IL. Christine is a graduate of Tuskegee University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Kettering University with an M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Purdue University with an MBA. She is also an alumni of the Broad Residency in Urban Education. Christine is a native of New Orleans, LA, a life-long Saints fan and is honored and excited to join Hiawatha Academies as she returns to the banks of the Mississippi River.

Colette Owens

Executive Director | Hiawatha Academies

cowens@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 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.

Dawn Gunderson Taylor

Chief Talent Officer | Hiawatha Academies

dgundersontaylor@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 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.

Derek Pearson

Data Systems Coordinator

dpearson@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-272-5183

Erin Horst

Curriculum and Assessment Manager

ehorst@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-644-1181

Erin Horst is the Director of Teaching and Learning at Hiawatha Academies. Previously, Erin was the Founding AP Language and Composition teacher at Hiawatha Collegiate High School. Erin holds a B.A. in Global Studies and Spanish Language from the University of Minnesota. After completing her undergraduate degree, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with the I Have A Dream Foundation of San Francisco. She then joined the Aspire Teacher Residency program in Los Angeles, California and completed her M.A. in Education at the University of the Pacific. After completing her teaching residency in a fifth and sixth grade classroom, she spent five years as a high school English teacher at Aspire Public Schools, in East Palo Alto, California. Erin is thrilled to work with the Hiawatha community to provide an outstanding education to every Hiawatha student.

Franny (Maria) Marino

Language Access and Support Manager

mmarino@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-384-3361

Gabrielle Grier

Community and Family Recruitment Director

ggrier@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 507-933-0499

Jessica Tomaselli

Development Director

jtomaselli@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 651-401-5731

Julie Campanelli

Special Education Director

jcampanelli@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 952-994-3078

Katie Cooney

Specialized Learning Director

kcooney@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 347-899-5407

Libby Stegger

Chief Advancement Officer | Hiawatha Academies

lstegger@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-388-3259

Libby has cross-functional experience in non-profit strategy development and execution, fund development and strategic partnerships, data systems and analysis, and organizational leadership. Entering her fifth year at Hiawatha Academies, Libby lead Hiawatha Academies’ fund development work for 2 years, building out a multi-million dollar growth campaign. Most recently, Libby has lead Hiawatha’s student recruitment and finance functions. Prior to her work at Hiawatha Academies, Libby spearheaded the child hunger strategy at Hunger-Free Minnesota, an initiative of Second Harvest Heartland. Libby holds a B.A. in political science from Davidson College and an MBA from Yale University.

Michael Knutson

Human Resources Director

mknutson@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 651-210-2801

Michelle Dyer

Talent Recruitment Manager

mdyer@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 914-806-0359

Mustafa Diriye

Community and Family Recruitment Coordinator

mdiriye@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-387-4559

Nicole Dummann

School Health Coordinator

ndummann@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 763-350-1816

Rochelle Van Dijk

Chief Academic Officer | Hiawatha Academies

rvandijk@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 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

Finance and Facilities Director

rkellogg@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 507-269-1394

Saksham Rai

Advancement Manager

srai@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-351-0653

Sara Boedecker-Johnston

Leadership and Strategic Initiatives Director

sboedeckerjohnston@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-385-6388

Selah Petersen

Shae Elliott

Due Process Coordinator

selliott@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-226-6393

Shannon Gavin

Family Engagement Manager

sgavin@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 651-497-5471

Tara England

Instructional Development Director

tengland@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 781-956-4662

Alex Knoblock

Learning Lab Teacher

aknoblock@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-387-1691

Amanda Underwood

Amelia Hook

Anna Dibley

Fourth Grade Teacher

adibley@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-306-2988

Becca Souza

Third & Fourth Grade Science Teacher

bsouza@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 651-354-9985

Bryan Daly

Dean of Students

bdaly@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 413-320-6671

Carmen Alvarado

Carter Haaland

Learning Lab Teacher

chaaland@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-310-0437

Catherine Chu-Lapiska

Principal | Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Morris Park

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

Charlotte Carlsen

Dean of Operations

ccarlsen@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-750-2501

Christina Evans

Second Grade Teacher

cevans@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-387-2044

Cidney Vincent

Daeja Carson

Second Grade Teacher

dcarson@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-387-5432

Devyn Pittorf

Third Grade Teacher

dpittorf@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-385-8784

Elise Tolish

Kindergarten Teacher

etolish@hiawathaacademies.com | Mobile: 708-921-1289

Emily Culhane

Special Education Teacher

eculhane@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 952-688-3166

Eric Rhody

Special Education Teacher

erhody@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 651-308-8076

Erin Chambers

First Grade Teacher

echambers@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 320-262-2333

Griselda Sandoval

Student Behavior Specialist

gsandoval@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-987-5688

Ignacio Benito Correa

Spanish Language Teacher

ibenitocorrea@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-559-8597

Jenny Cerny

Kindergarten Teacher

jcerny@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-432-6456

Jordan McNiven

Fourth Grade Teacher

jmcniven@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-964-1626

Josh Mooney

Kari Kielsa

Special Education Teacher

kkielsa@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-296-5335

Karissa Askvig

Kelley Forsberg

Kris McComas

Ky Baker

Lindsey Kane

First Grade Teacher

lkane@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-281-7545

Lupe Andrade

Third Grade Teacher

landrade@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-387-2417

Marcela Rojas

Margo Peterson

Special Education Teacher

mpeterson@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 651-252-1857

Marisol Rojas

Fourth Grade Teacher

marisolrojas@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-387-7651

Melisa Sturman

Teacher in Residence

msturman@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-454-0655

Melissa Donaldson

Assistant Principal

mdonaldson@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 787-902-9644

Mia Kuroki

Miguel Peña

Nico Moore

Romel Velarde

Special Education Teacher

rvelarde@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-987-5617

Sarai Anderson

Operations Coordinator

sanderson@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-237-0920

Shadiah Harvey

Physical Education Teacher

sharvey@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 651-800-6901

Sofi Shank

Special Education Teacher

sshank@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-250-3060

Taylor Rub

Dean of Specialized Instruction

trub@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-305-8355

Veronica Myers

Teacher-in-Residence

vmyers@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-387-2384

Yolanda Pruitt

Adrian Turner

Physical Education Teacher

aturner@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-208-7449

Amanda Snyder

Andrea Sepulveda Viera

Andrena Murphy

Second Grade Teacher

amurphy@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-814-1322

Andy Anderson

Special Education Teacher

aanderson@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 763-439-3701

Aneta Wisniewska

Anna Flugaur

Special Education Teacher

aflugaur@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 763-498-2442

Carolyn Sanchez Hulstrand

Cassandra Roy

Chanel McGee

Courtney Chirpich

Courtney Wilson

Fourth Grade Teacher

cwilson@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 507-339-0002

David Lewis

Student Behavior Specialist

dlewis@hiawathaacademies.org

Dell Gibbs

Diana Agudo

Elaina Johnson

Special Education Teacher

ejohnson@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-418-7114

Erin Abbott

Assistant Principal

eabbott@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: (336) 340-2661

Esther Olawuyi

Special Education Teacher

eolawuyi@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-578-9531

Habibo Kalifa

Hope Witt

Third Grade Teacher

hwitt@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 712-330-4871

Imelda Alvarado

Janise Holter

Kindergarten Teacher

jholter@hiawathaacademies.org

Janise Holter

Kindergarten Teacher

jholter@hiawathaacademies.org

Jasmine Engler

Learning Labs Teacher

jengler@hiawathaacademies.org

Jasmine Guest

Jen Alfaro-Glover

Student Success Coach

jalfaro@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-807-3146

Jen Zeidman

Lindsey Niznik

First Grade Teacher

lniznik@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-306-1435

Lori Grant

Second Grade Teacher

lgrant@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-455-4004

Madison Nosia

Third Grade Teacher

Third Grade Teacher

Mark Kegans

Mary Eckberg

Kindergarten Teacher

meckberg@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 763-688-5494

McClayton Randle

Fourth Grade Teacher

mrandle@hiawathaacademies.org

Melisa Ortiz Rivera

Michael Seely

Paraprofessional

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

Miracle Geidermeis-Randle

Nate Manaen

Principal | Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Northrop

nmanaen@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 952-237-3632 | Office: 612-455-4004

Norma Solorio Lopez

Paulina Arranz Ortiz

Operations Coordinator

parranzortiz@hiawathaacademies.org Office: 612-455-4004

Rachel Novacek

Sadie Tollman

Dean of Specialized Instruction

stollman@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-517-8772

Sam Taitel

Special Education Teacher

staitel@hiawathaacademies.org

Sarah Guinee

Special Education Teacher

sguinee@hiawathaacademies.org Office: 612-280-4681

Sarah Hanson

Sarah Spainhower

Snoti Friday

Learning Labs Teacher

sfriday@hiawathaacademies.org

Stephanie Shider

Special Education Teacher

sshider@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 908-636-8111

Tasha McGuire

Thomas Thao

Dean of Operations

tthao@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 916-396-9121

Xue Lin Wang

Fourth Grade Teacher

xwang@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 517-983-4027

Adam Johnson

Amari Smith

Amirah Bakri

Andrea Everson

Andres Gonzalez-Goodman

Seventh Grade Science Teacher

agonzalez@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-281-0471

Anna Thiede

Eighth Grade Science Teacher

athiede@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-408-6878

Antoinette Strain

Dean of Students

astrain@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 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

Audra Johnson

Chels Ophime Elsberry

In-house Substitute & Culture Liaison

celsberry@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-743-6217

Darlene Gibson

Special Education Teacher

dgibson@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-384-8003

Daryn Woodson

Dean of Student Support Services

dwoodson@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 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.

Dontez Mills

Gabriela Stiteler

Assistant Principal

gstiteler@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 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 | Mobile: 612-715-2294

Heather Busch

Fifth Grade Reading Teacher

hbusch@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-310-0250

Janiru Herath

Special Education Teacher

jherath@hiawathaacademies.org

Jared McComber

Sixth Grade Science Teacher

jmccomber@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 320-828-3780

Jenn Piskel

Special Education Teacher

jpiskel@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 818-373-9373

Jessye Lewis

Physical Education Teacher

jlewis@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-432-2201

John Kaczorek

Seventh Grade Math Teacher, Grade Level Chair

jkaczorek@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 651-341-7821

Jon Laven

Dean of Instruction

jlaven@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-600-5411

Karen Lee

8th Grade ELA Teacher

klee@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 626-731-0755

Karla Cortez Ocampo

Katie Monroe

Keena Brossart

Fifth Grade Humanities Teacher

kbrossart@hiawathaacademies.org

Kelsey Uribe

Sixth Grade Literature Teacher; Grade-Level Chair

kuribe@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-986-3504

Laura Rodriguez

Lydia Doe

Madeleine Wilson

8th Grade Math Teacher

mwilson@hiawathaacademies.org

Mandy Williams

Fifth Grade Reading Teacher

awilliams@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 651-334-0992

Maricela Cortez Ocampo

Special Education Teacher

mcortezocampo@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 651-231-5637

Mark Scheer

Seventh Grade English Language Arts Teacher

mscheer@hiawathaacademies.org

Matt Toppin

Principal | Hiawatha College Prep-Kingfield

mtoppin@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 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 Grade Math Teacher

mfogarty@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-270-8416

Ryane Hardy

Eighth Grade Humanities Teacher

rhardy@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-805-3399

Sabrina Edwards

Dean of Students and Campus Partnerships

sedwards@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 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 | Mobile: 612-655-3275

Shane Birtzer

Sofia Estrada Cantua

Family and Engagement Coordinator

sestrada@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-207-2084

Thomas Thao

Dean of Operations

tthao@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 916-396-9121

Alex Melin

Sixth Grade Science Teacher

amelin@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 608-220-7160

Amanda Olson

Fifth Grade Science Teacher

aolson@hiawathaacademies.org

Beda Martinez

Dean of Instruction

bmartinez@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-361-8990

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

Carrie Roby

Dean of Student Support Services

croby@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-236-6596

Desiree Chavez

Fifth Grade Special Education

dchavez@hiawathaacademies.org

Elora Lavalle

George Shannon

Student Behavior Specialist

gshannon@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-251-6431

Gwendolyn Hurt

Jonny Lincoln

Physical Education Teacher

jlincoln@hiawathaacademies.org

Kayleigh Winslow

Fifth Grade Math Teacher

kwinslow@hiawathaacademies.org

Kendra Kecker

Lauren O’Brien

Sixth Grade ELA Teacher

lobrien@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 920-284-2284

Maddie Houck

Sixth Grade Social Studies Teacher

mhouck@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 540-409-8734

Manny Del La Luz

Matt Springer

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.

Melanie Quinones

Nancy Marin

Operations Coordinator

nmarin@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 312-388-1842

Narra Moreen

Nina Cecere

Rachel Gerhardt

Sixth Grade Math Teacher

rgerhardt@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-597-6024

Rachel Lamachia Stephens

Reyna Delgado-Torres

Sarah Alcantara

Fifth Grade Humanities Teacher

salcantara@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 818-404-7395

Sherene Judeh

Principal | Hiawatha College Prep-Northrop

sjudeh@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-361-8990

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

Adeline Moll

Geometry Teacher

amoll@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 928-499-8079

Alejandra Melgarejo

Recruitment & Enrollment Coordinator

amelgarejo@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-578-6433

Alex Richtman

Ninth Grade Literature Teacher

arichtman@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 651-757-6238

Alicia Gruenwald

Science: Chemistry Teacher

agruenwald@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-310-4180

Amy Carlson

Math-Algebra Teacher

acarlson@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-220-5301

Beatriz Alcazar Alvarez

Social Work Coordinator

balcazar@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 707-393-8675

Caleea Kidder

Assistant Principal

ckidder@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 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 | Mobile: 425-247-5176

Dana Hanson

Tenth Grade World Literature Teacher

dhanson@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-600-5451

Danny Smith

Alumni Coordinator

dsmith@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 312-869-1780

Dylan Glines

Student Support Assistant

dglines@hiawathaacademies.org

Elise Thompson

History and Social Sciences Teacher

ethompson@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 608-799-1847

Ellen Vanden Branden

Eric Minea

Erica Miller

Erik Jahn

Special Education Teacher

ejahn@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-751-1190

Gabriela Xochihua-Strickland

Spanish Language and Art Teacher

gxochihua@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-227-2887

Grace Peterson

Administrative Coordinator

gpeterson@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 651-246-4818

Hafsa Mahad

Hannah Kaplan-Hartlaub

Foundations of Composition Teacher

hkaplanhartlaub@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 781-733-0634

Ian McLaughlin

Special Education Coordinator

imclaughlin@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-220-8829

Jacob Frush

Pre-Calculus Math Teacher

jfrush@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-695-6123

Jared Thompson

Jen Swenson

Early College Seminar Teacher

jswenson@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-385-4426

Jessica Macken

Math: Algebra Teacher

jmacken@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 518-527-0962

Joe Kennealy

History and Social Sciences: World History Teacher

jkennealy@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-600-3094

John Connolly

Twelfth Grade Speech and Composition Teacher

jconnolly@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 630-878-2290

Jordan Humble

Science: Biology Teacher

jhumble@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-220-1769

Kaleb Moreau

Physical Education Teacher

kmoreau@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 917-576-2313

Kathryn Spotts

Katrina Toman

Teacher in Residence

ktoman@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 224-475-3653

Kelly Place

Biology and ELD Teacher

kplace@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 651-785-6182

Kelsey Clodfelter

Eleventh Grade Language and Composition AP Teacher

kclodfelter@hiawathaacademies.org

Lauren Bouchard

Special Education Teacher

lbouchard@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 609-204-1907

Lindsay DeLand

English Language Development Teacher

ldeland@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-345-1622

Marcus Berg

History and Social Sciences: Civics Teacher

mberg@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-770-2463

Maryan Yusuf

Special Education Teacher

myusuf@hiawathaacademies.org

Meg O’Connor

Ninth Grade Speech and Composition Teacher

moconnor@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-281-0996

Molly Naylor

English Language Development Teacher

mnaylor@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-440-1087

Morgan Mero

Student Behavior Specialist

mellis@hiawathaacademies.org

N’Jai-An Patters

Social Science: Government and Politics AP History and Social Studies

npatters@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-805-8106

Nadia Nibbs

Dean of Instruction

nnibbs@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-281-6653

Natalie Trevino

Dean of Students

nheath@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 608-386-5907

Natanael Moreno Vallette

Office Manager and Family Liaison

nmoreno@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-547-9018

Nicole Cooley

Principal | Hiawatha Collegiate High School

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

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.”

Patrick Hueller

Eleventh Grade Rhetoric and Composition Teacher

phueller@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 651-707-4688

Pete Langr

Raquel McLaughlin

Director of Operations

rmclaughlin@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-578-8935

Rene Ruiz Olivar

Cafeteria Staff Lead

rruiz@hiawathaacademies.org

Roberto Lazo

Spanish Language Teacher

rlazo@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 646-752-4572

Robin Thaisen

Ryan Williams-Virden

Dean of Students

rwilliams-Virden@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 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.

Sam Pepe

Social Worker

Social Worker | Mobile: 203-887-2537

Sarah Barott

Sarah Carpenter

Special Education Teacher

scarpenter@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 952-738-2270

Scott Kolman-Keen

Spencer Virden

Stephen Watkins

Special Education Teacher

swatkins@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 612-578-4815

Stia Jama

Director of Specialized Instruction

sjama@hiawathaacademies.org | Mobile: 952-769-4686

Tyler Monroe

Ninth Grade Multicultural Literature Teacher

tmonroe@hiawathaacademies.org

Viridiana Gallegos Menchaca