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Leadership Team

Eli Kramer – Executive Director

Eli Kramer is the Executive Director of Hiawatha Academies. He was an instructional coach with Hiawatha Academies in 2011. Prior to joining Hiawatha, Eli was a founding Dean of Curriculum and Instruction with Uncommon Schools. He taught for six years in New York City at the elementary and middle school level. Eli was a 2003 Teach for America corps member in the Bronx, NY. He holds a B.A. in government from Harvard, a Master's in Education from Bank Street College, and a Master's in Educational Leadership from Brooklyn College. Eli grew up in Minneapolis and is happy to be home.


John Kaczorek – Adelante College Prep, Middle School Principal

John Kaczorek is the Principal of Adelante College Prep, the middle school at Hiawatha Academies. John joined Hiawatha Academies as our founding middle school math teacher. Before joining Hiawatha, John taught 5th grade math at Rise Academy, a high-performing KIPP school in Newark, New Jersey. John was a 2005 TFA corps member teaching in the Bronx, NY. He grew up in Minnesota and attended St. John’s University.  John is thrilled to be leading Adelante College Prep into its third year.


Jessica Hayes - Hiawatha Leadership Academy- Morris Park, Elementary Principal K - 4

Jessica Hayes is the Principal of Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Morris Park.  Prior to this role, she was an instructional leader at Excellence Boys Charter School of Bedford Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, New York.  Jessica was a 2005 Teach for America corps member in the Mississippi Delta.  She has taught both 1st and 4th grades in Mississippi and New York.  Jessica is excited to be a part of the Hiawatha Academies team, and to work with teachers and families to make Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Morris Park the best learning environment possible for students.


Hattie Carvalho - Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Morris Park, Assistant Principal K-4

Hattie Carvalho is the Assistant Principal of Hiawatha Leadership Academy. Prior to this role, she was the Director of Student Services, Special Education Coordinator, and a special education teacher with HLA. Hattie was a 2007 Teach For America corps member in Eastern North Carolina where she taught middle school. She then returned to her home state of Minnesota. She is excited to continue supporting HLA's students, teachers, and families as our scholars climb the mountain to college.


Daniela Vasan - Hiawatha Leadership Academy- Northrop, Principal K-4

Daniela Vasan is leading Hiawatha's second elementary school into its charter year after completing Hiawatha's Instructional Leader Fellowship. Daniela speaks Spanish fluently and French proficiently, and she earned a double major in Middle Eastern Studies and Spanish Literature & Culture from the University of Virginia. During her second and third years of college, Daniela studied in Jordan's University of Yarmouk in an immersion Arabic language program. After graduating, Daniela served as a Teach For America corps member in Atlanta, Georgia where she taught for four years. Daniela has also worked at Teach For America's summer institute program as a Corps Member Advisor and Curriculum Specialist. Daniela loves to travel and experience new cultures, study languages, volunteer with the Humane Society, and explore her new home: the Twin Cities.  


Sean Elder – Chief Operating Officer

Sean Elder is the Chief Operating Officer of Hiawatha Academies. Sean joined Hiawatha in June 2011 and leads development activities and other non-academic operations of the academies. Prior to joining Hiawatha, Sean was the Minnesota Area Manager for Skyhawks Sports Academy, where he managed a region of 7,000 participants and 120 staff for the nation’s largest provider of youth sports programs. From 2004-2006, he served as an Undergraduate Admissions Counselor at the University of Minnesota. Recently, Sean completed a summer fellowship in Chicago with Education Pioneers where he conducted marketing and business development work for Lighthouse Academies, a national charter management organization. An active community member, Sean currently sits on the Education Committee for the Greater Twin Cities United Way. He holds a B.A. in Sociology – Law, Criminology, and Deviance from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas.

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