As learners of United States history, including histories that have long been ignored, we know that Wednesday’s events were not isolated, they are reflective of centuries of racial and economic injustices as well as political strife.
Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed is a trailblazer. She is the first woman and the first person of color to serve as a Hopkins superintendent. Her vision is to bring Hopkins Public Schools from great to world class so that all Hopkins scholars reach their full potential.
World class does not mean elite or exclusive. It means, the best. And every child in Hopkins deserves the best.
-Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed
About Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed
Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed has served in public education for over two decades. 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 a homeless shelter. These experiences helped her realize the impact that high quality education can have in young people's lives, and she decided to make education her lifelong ambition.
After graduating from Yale with a teaching license, she returned to Minnesota to begin her career as an educator. Mhiripiri-Reed taught social studies at Highland Park Junior High in Saint Paul, 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 School 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. Before moving back to her home state, Mhiripiri-Reed served as Associate Superintendent in the Monterey Peninsula Unified District in California for three years.
Mhiripiri-Reed has served as Hopkins Public Schools' superintendent since 2016. Under her leadership, Hopkins created a bold plan to go from great to world class through a community designed strategic plan, Vision 2031, a vision of innovation to reimagine Hopkins Public Schools starting from the ground up.
Mhiripiri-Reed lives with her husband Frank and their two children Sterling and Maddie who are both Hopkins scholars. 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.
- Bachelor’s degree in psychology and graduate of the teacher preparation program, Yale University.
- Master’s degree in education policy and administration, K-12 licensure, University of Minnesota.
- Doctor of education leadership, Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Superintendent Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed reflects on distance learning and contemplates what school will look like next year.
The future our children will enter presents opportunities that we have not yet experienced. What do we need to do now to prepare our students and our learning spaces for the future? Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed explores the possibilities in this column.
Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed explains what will not be changing as we work through our Vision 2031 Roadmap.