Hopkins leaders Shadow a Student for a day

The Shadow a Student program is a way for our principals and administrators to achieve a deeper understanding of the needs of our students.

This spring, Hopkins Public Schools principals and administrators are going back to the classroom—as students! The leaders will spend the day observing school from the perspective of a student.

The Shadow a Student program is a way for our principals and administrators to achieve a deeper understanding of the needs of our students so that they are better equipped to support them. As part of the shadow experience, each principal will follow a student throughout the day at their own school or at another location in the District, and they will experience school and the learning process from the student’s point of view. Hopkins is participating in the shadow experiences throughout the months of April and May.

"We all know that school leaders have incredibly busy schedules," said Stephanie Herrera, director of principal leadership at Hopkins Public Schools, "but the fact that our leaders recognize the importance of empathizing and learning from our students says a lot about the type of student-centered leaders that we have here in Hopkins!"

Shadow a Student aligns with the District’s commitment to create student-centered learning experiences. As part of Vision 2031, Hopkins plans to increase student engagement and create learning opportunities led by students.

Through the Shadow a Student program, our leaders will gain powerful observations and insights to drive positive change. We’ll be sharing highlights from the Shadow a Student program, so be sure to check back here for the latest content.

For more information about Shadow a Student, visit www.shadowastudent.org.

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Shadow A Student: Doug Bullinger

May 17, 2019
Hopkins High School Principal Doug Bullinger shadows a kindergartener at Meadowbrook Elementary!

Shadow A Student: Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed

April 26, 2019
Superintendent Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed shadows three students at Hopkins High School for the day.

Shadow A Student: Mark French

May 03, 2019
Principal Mark French from Gatewood Elementary shadows a trio of students at Hopkins High School.

Shadow A Student: Jeff Radel

April 19, 2019
Glen Lake Elementary Principal Jeff Radel shadows a student at West Junior High for the day.