Hopkins Public Schools is pleased to announce that Irene Stewart has been named the next principal of North Junior High. Stewart has worked in education for 17 years serving in a variety of roles including school social worker, dean of students, and assistant principal. She is a leader who values building relationships and mentoring.
"Irene Stewart is an empathetic leader who is laser-focused on equity, building strong school culture, and establishing caring communities for staff and students," said Stephanie Herrera, director of principal leadership. "She will fearlessly model love, authentic inclusivity, and vigilant equity for all who walk through the doors of North Junior High."
Throughout her career, Stewart has worked in close collaboration with teachers to develop the highest quality learning experiences for students. She strongly believes that every day is critical for student success, and that equity must be at the forefront of education.
For the last six years, she has served as an assistant principal for Anoka-Hennepin Schools at the Anoka Middle School for the Arts. Prior to that, she worked for two years as a dean of students at Mounds View Public Schools. She began her career working as a school social worker, spending nine years in this role. She describes this experience as critical to shaping her empathetic outlook.
"As a former social worker, I believe in leading with heart," Stewart said. "North Junior High is already doing amazing work, and I'm excited to join the process of being forward-thinking for the benefit of students."
Stewart has a bachelor's degree in child psychology and a K-12 principal's license from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She also has a master's degree in social work from Washington University.
When not working, Stewart enjoys traveling, sharing a meal with friends, and listening to audiobooks. She is proud to come from a large Liberian family who enjoys spending time together. She is married and has two sons – a college grad and a preschooler.
Stewart will begin in Hopkins on August 26.