The school leadership team ensures that our scholars have the environment, resources, enrichment opportunities, and curriculum to succeed in their education, by providing them with a dynamic and nurturing school community.

  • Daniela Srini Vasan
    Daniela Srini Vasan is the founding principal of Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Northrop. Daniela speaks Spanish and French. She attended the University of Virginia and earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Georgia State University. After graduating, she served as a Teach For America corps member in Atlanta, Georgia where she taught third and fifth grade. Daniela loves to spend time with her family, travel and experience new cultures, study languages, volunteer in the community, and explore the Twin Cities. One of the best parts about working at Hiawatha Academies is working with families and students every day.
  • Hattie Carvalho
    Assistant Principal
    Hattie Carvalho is the assistant principal of HLA-Northrop. Hattie has also served as director of student support services at Hiawatha Academies, and as assistant principal, special education coordinator and special education teacher at HLA – Morris Park. 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 Hiawatha’s students, teachers, and families as our scholars climb the mountain to college.

  • Kels Bruun-Bryant
    Director of Operations