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 College Prep-Kingfield

Sabrina Edwards
Interim Principal
sedwards@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-310-7792

Matt Toppin
Principal – Fall 2018-19
mtoppin@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-802-5521
Matt started his career in education as a math teacher in North Miami Beach. His colleagues, as well as the students and families he served, recognized his deep passion and love for the profession coupled with his unique ability to connect with and motivate students, and he was named the rookie teacher of the year. In 2010, Matt was recognized with the national Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching award. He then went on to serve as manager of teaching and learning with TFA and led TFA summer institute as school principal. Matt joined the Hiawatha team as a founding 7th grade math teacher in 2013-14.
Matt brings a solid 5-12 lens to his leadership having taught and led across our secondary program. Additionally, he has profound institutional knowledge and will bring that knowledge to key areas at HCP-K.

Cristin Craig, Ed.S.
Dean, Culture and Discipline | Lower School
ccraig@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-990-7221
I was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, and moved to the Twin Cities to attend college. After graduating with a B.A. in Youth Development Studies, I began working as a special education paraprofessional. I fell in love with education and quickly got my teaching license and M.A. in Education. I taught middle school and high school students with social/emotional/behavioral needs for eight years. I love being the dean of students at Hiawatha College Prep because it gives me the opportunity to meet a lot of students and help them to be successful in school.

Brandon Royce-Diop
Dean, Culture and Discipline | Upper School
broycediop@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-481-1334
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. John’s University in 2007, and am currently working towards my Master’s Degree in Education at the University of St. Thomas. My professional experience is heavily rooted in working with K-12 schools and non-profit organizations in the Twin Cities. My work is communal and collaborative in nature, and is centered around building systemic structures of racial equity in schools. I have served as a Discipline Specialist and Equity Coordinator with Minneapolis Public Schools, and as the Dean of Students at Fair School Crystal, where I developed a discipline model rooted in Restorative Practices. Last year I worked in higher education as a Dean of Students at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. In addition I am the founder and co-founder of the Minnesota Solutions Not Suspensions campaign, and the New Lens Urban Mentoring Society, respectively. Over the course of my career I have gained invaluable experience as a policy advocate, community organizer, organization founder, program coordinator, administrator, student and father. My diverse experience in education systems has provided me with the tools to advance the will, skill, knowledge, capacity of the Hiawatha Academies network towards a realization of our equity vision.