Superintendent Mhiripiri-Reed Named a ‘Superintendent to Watch’ by NSPRA

Mhiripiri-Reed is one of 14 superintendents nationwide to earn the honor and the only superintendent from Minnesota. The award honors superintendents who demonstrate dynamic, fast-paced leadership with strong communication at its core.
September 17, 2019

The National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) has named Hopkins Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed a Superintendent to Watch. Mhiripiri-Reed is one of 14 superintendents nationwide to earn the honor and the only superintendent from Minnesota. The award honors superintendents who demonstrate dynamic, fast-paced leadership with strong communication at its core.

"Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed leads Hopkins Public Schools with clarity, vision, and a boldness that few can replicate," said Hopkins School Board Chair Wendy Donovan. "She is warm, caring, and genuine in everything she does. However, nothing she approaches is without the students' benefit in mind. She is not afraid to be bold in order to achieve her goals. She is set on taking our District from Great to World Class, and I have no doubt she will accomplish her goal."

The Superintendent to Watch award honors superintendents who have fewer than five years of experience and who are on track to be remarkable leaders. Superintendents who earn the award are strong communicators who demonstrate active, visible involvement in their districts. They engage their community in multiple ways and model strong communication for
staff.

Mhiripiri-Reed is just two years into her superintendent position with Hopkins, yet she has completed an ambitious number of tasks related to communication and engagement. In her first year, she helped pass a three-question referendum, increased community partnerships, created a leadership academy for principals and department leaders, and focused on ways to authentically engage disenfranchised audiences. In the summer of 2018, she launched the Great to World Class campaign and co-created Vision 2031 alongside students, staff, parents, and community members.

One thing that sets Mhiripiri-Reed apart from other superintendents is her sincere desire to include student voice in decision making. Last summer, she created a Royal Rep student-leadership program and hired 24 high school students to conduct market research over the summer. On several occasions, she has involved students in staff professional development. She also shadowed three high school students and one kindergarten student as part of the national Shadow a Student program.

"Dr. Mhiripiri-Reed has grounded herself close to learning. She is a consistent presence in schools, classrooms, and communities, and she challenges other leaders to do the same," said Stephanie Herrera, director of principal leadership. "Not every leader thinks immediately of student voice when considering communication; however, Dr. Mhiripiri-Reed places this at the center of her work."

Now entering her third year as superintendent, Mhiripiri-Reed is focused on advancing Vision 2031, a vision of innovation centered around the belief that every child deserves a brilliant future. NSPRA will present Mhiripiri-Reed with the Superintendent to Watch award in July at its national conference in Washington, D.C.

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