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, 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, Mhiripiri-Reed served as Associate Superintendent in the Monterey Peninsula Unified District for three years.
Mhiripiri-Reed is thrilled to lead Hopkins Public Schools. Her goals include continuing and strengthening the District-wide E-12 program excellence, emboldening an already-strong Hopkins identity, and positioning Hopkins to be the obvious district of choice for Hopkins residents and beyond.
Mhiripiri-Reed lives with her husband Frank and their two young children Sterling (8) and Sawyer (5). She is a self-described workaholic, but in her downtime you may find her running on one of the metro trails, connecting with friends or maybe watching some reality TV.