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.
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Beda Martinez was born and raised in a rust belt city in Wisconsin. She identifies as a low-income, first generation Chicana. Her passion for education equity comes from her own experiences as a student in public schools. She grew up experiencing two realities. One reality was that of many other low-income students of color, and the other was that of more affluent white families. This became abundantly clear when she transferred from the comfort of her neighborhood school to a less diverse elementary school. The schools were no more than a few miles apart but the expectations for students were vastly different. After triple majoring at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, Beda joined the teaching force and then became an instructional coach in Las Vegas. She went on to work in education policy and advocacy. Now, she will be returning to the school setting to serve as the founding Dean of Instruction for Hiawatha College Prep-Northrop. During her spare time, Beda enjoys playtime with Santiago, her son, and trying out new cuisines with her partner, Edwin. She is excited to call the Twin Cities home.
Dean of Students
Matthew Freese is the founding Dean of Students at HCP-N. While originally from the great state of Iowa, he attended Bethel University before moving to St. Louis, Missouri through Teach for America. There he spent four years as a middle school math teacher while focusing on equity, opportunity, and academic excellence. After completing a Master’s degree at Teacher’s College at Columbia University, he then transitioned into the role of Assistant Principal where he has served for the last two years. He is now moving back to the Twin Cities and is excited to be a part of the founding HCP-N team.
Director of Operations
Kendra brings a variety of experiences in education including teaching elementary school and serving as the school leader of a K-8 charter school. Throughout her career, she has focused on closing the opportunity gap, striving to support schools and educators in providing high-quality educational experiences for all students. Kendra has experience developing and facilitating professional development, conducting school quality reviews and coaching schools in utilizing autonomy to meet the unique needs of their school community. Kendra majored in education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and earned a Masters degree in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Southern California. Kendra is thrilled to join the HCP-Northrop team. She resides with her family in south Minneapolis.