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
Director of Operations
sedwards@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-310-7792

Matt Toppin
Principal – Fall 2018-19
mtoppin@hiawathaacademies.org | 612-802-5521
Mr. Toppin is the principal of Hiawatha College Prep-Kingfield. After graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College, Matt began his career in education teaching high school math in Miami through Teach for America. After returning to Minnesota, he served as an instructional coach for beginning teachers, then returned to classroom teaching as the founding seventh grade math teacher at Hiawatha College Prep in 2013. His math classes had some of the highest achievement gains our network has seen and in 2016 over 90% of his students reached their growth goals. From 2016-2018 Matt served as the founding Dean of Instruction at Hiawatha Collegiate High School. In his time at HCHS he has helped grow the school from 100 to 290 students and led the efforts to increase ACT scores by an average of 2 points each year. Matt brings a solid 5-12 lens to his leadership and is excited to ensure our middle school program achieves unparalleled academic growth in the years to come.

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.