Meet Karina Casarrubias, teacher

Karina Casarrubias began her service to Hiawatha as a Teach For America (TFA) corps member, where she served as a kindergarten co-teacher with Katie Houlihan at HLA – Northrop. She learned a lot from her mentor, and was able to really spread her wings when she had the chance to lead in her own classroom this […]

A teacher affects eternity

By Eli Kramer “A teacher affects eternity; [they] can never tell where [their] influence stops.” –Henry Adams Every day, 1064 scholars walk into classrooms across our network and are greeted by the most important school-based people in the fight for educational equity: you, their teachers. Hiawatha scholars bring their infinite potential into the classroom with them […]

Join us for open house events in May

Hiawatha Academies will host open house events at its two elementary schools during the month of May. This is an excellent opportunity for current and prospective families to take a school tour, meet your scholar’s future classmates and teachers, and learn how Hiawatha Academies can help your scholar find their path to and through college. Learn more […]

Exploring school choice

Talk with your child: Think about your family’s needs, and your child’s interests and strengths. Make a list of the elements that are most important to you in a school. Research local public, private and charter schools to find out whether they charge tuition, what sort of services they offer, and what their enrollment policies […]

The road to and through college

Talk to an elementary-age scholar at Hiawatha Academies for a few minutes, and she will likely ask you where you went to college. At Hiawatha, the journey through college begins on the first day of kindergarten. Making college an expectation and a reality for scholars is woven into our everyday curriculum. Elementary scholars visit with college representatives […]

Overcoming the weight of systemic racism

Written by Charise Powell, teacher at HLA – Northrop. I was recently at a conference and the keynote speaker was talking about various kinds of trauma-based issues; post-traumatic slave syndrome, historical loss syndrome, PTSD among urban youth, etc. I hung to every word he was saying and in the middle of this rush of information, […]

Keeping busy over winter break

With winter break fast approaching, many parents ask what they can do to ensure their scholar keeps learning while they’re not in school. You might be surprised at the low-cost activities you can do at home and in the community to keep your scholar engaged: Read with your scholar every day. Even scholars who are […]