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.

Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Northrop

Daniela Srini Vasan
Principal | Office: 612.455.4004 | Mobile: 612.462.2369
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 | 612-310-8025
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 | 612.730.3371
Kels Bruun-Bryant (pronouns: they/them) is the Director of Operations and Co-Equity Workgroup Organizer at Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Northrop. Kels is also the co-founder and co-leader of the LGBTQIA Affinity Group for staff at Hiawatha Academies and the Gay-Straight Alliance at Hiawatha Collegiate High School. Kels speaks English and Spanish and they are committed to disrupting systemic inequity in Operations and continuing to shape Operations systems and processes at HLA-Northrop and Hiawatha Academies at-large that center the voices and reflect the needs of our youth and families.
Kels is a first-generation college graduate who gained access to college through a non-profit organization called College Possible that “makes college admission and success possible for low-income students.” Their experience as a queer and trans first-gen college student shaped their passion to utilize the field of education as a mechanism to ignite social change.
Prior to joining as the Director of Operations during Northrop’s third grade founding year (2016-2017), Kels taught in Atacames, Ecuador, worked for College Possible where they coached students and developed identity-based curriculum, and served as Hiawatha Academies’ network Volunteer and Community Engagement Coordinator.
Kels has chosen to commit their life, at and outside of Hiawatha Academies, to the pursuit of racial, economic, and transgender justice through activism and advocacy. They enjoy being in queer/trans community with their chosen family, reading Critical Race Theory, creating and leading identity workshops, going to concerts, and writing poetry. Their favorite part of working at HLA-Northrop is learning from our brilliant scholars!