Educating During the Pandemic
Dec 01, 2020
Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed, Hopkins Superintendent
Educating During the Pandemic


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Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed has served in public education for over 15 years. Improving the lives of others has been a driving force throughout her life. During her time as a student at Bloomington Kennedy High School, she became intrigued with community service while in the role of a candy striper for the Minnesota Masonic Home for the elderly. While attending Yale University, she became even more involved in the community through tutoring adolescents, volunteering weekly at the local Head Start, and serving meals at the homeless shelter. These experiences helped her realize the impact that quality education can have in young people’s lives, and she decided to make education her lifelong ambition.

After graduating from Yale with her teaching license, she returned to Minnesota to begin her career as an educator. She taught social studies at Highland Park Junior High in Saint Paul, and later served as an assistant principal at her alma mater, Bloomington Kennedy High School, and then as a high school principal for five years at Champlin Park in the Anoka-Hennepin District. She was soon after admitted into Harvard University’s new doctoral program in Education Leadership, which resulted in a doctoral residency with District of Columbia Public Schools, building a principal training program. Finally, right before moving back to her home state, Rhoda served as Associate Superintendent in the Monterey Peninsula Unified District for three years.

Rhoda is thrilled to lead Hopkins Public Schools from great to world class. She and her team are strengthening E-12 excellence by developing a strategic innovation vision for the future, emboldening an already strong district identity, and transforming learning experiences to cultivate students who will be leaders around the world.

Rhoda lives with her husband, Frank, and their two children, Sterling and Sawyer. Although she loves to work, she spends weekend hours exercising, bargain shopping, watching reality TV, and playing with her kids.