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Name

Position

School(s) Name and Address

Email Address

Office Phone

Administration / Coordinators

Tamuriel Grace

Program Director

ESC
4148 Winnetka Ave No. New Hope, 55427

tamuriel_grace@rdale.org

763-504-8026

DaVonna Powell

Achievement and Integration Admin. Assistant

ESC
4148 Winnetka Ave No. New Hope, 55427

davonna_powell@rdale.org

763-504-8064

Linda Tadlock

Family Engagement and Indian Education Admin. Assistant

ESC
4148 Winnetka Ave No. New Hope, 55427

linda_tadlock@rdale.org

763-504-7967

Anthony Taylor

Family Engagement Specialist

ESC
4148 Winnetka Ave No. New Hope, 55427

anthony_taylor@rdale.org

763-504-8063

Hello! My name is Anthony Taylor and I am from Milwaukee, Wisconsin; however, I have lived in the state of Minnesota since 2001. During my 15 years at Robbinsdale, I have held several positions which include: Cultural Liaison and Student Support Specialist as well as Equity Specialist for Robbinsdale Area School District. I was one of the original Home School Liaisons hired by the district as a result of the 2001 NAACP desegregation case. Currently, I am a Family Engagement Specialist for district 281. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of Northern Iowa. I have a strong passion for athletics and was a four time football Letter winner as well as an all- conference player during my time at UNI. I am dedicated and have a unique ability to engage students, parents, and school personnel in conversations that allow us to understand what equity looks like in our schools. My hope and work is centered at achieving equitable results for everyone in the district.

Robert Rivera

Family Engagement Specialist

ESC
4148 Winnetka Ave No. New Hope, 55427

robert_rivera@rdale.org

763-504-8079

Indian Education


Elayna Cabral

Indian Home School Liaison

Sandburg Learning Center

2400 Sandburg Lane Golden Valley, MN 55427


Elayna_Cabral@rdale.org

763-504-8067


Randy
Grescyzk

Indian Home School Liaison

Sandburg Learning Center

2400 Sandburg Lane Golden Valley, MN 55427

randy_grescyzk@rdale.org

763-504-6990

Boozhoo, Ozaawaagwaneyaash nindigo ojibwemong.Randy Gresczyk is my colonized name.I began working for the Robbinsdale School District as an American Indian Home School Liaison last school year and look to continue building on solid foundations and making new connections to help further the American Indian Education Program.I have a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota where I double majored in American Indian Studies and History.I have been working in education for fourteen years, mostly as a classroom teacher in MInneapolis schools; Four Directions, Center School, and South High School, I am also an instructor of Ojibwe Language at Augsburg College and Minneapolis Community and Technical College.I will be working primarily with the middle school and high school American Indian children. I look forward to helping to improve their academic achievement, cultural awareness, and historical understanding.


Elementary

Sadiq Ahmed

Equity Specialist

Meadow Lake Elem.
8525 62nd Avenue North, New Hope, MN 55428

sadiq_ahmed@rdale.org

763-504-7714

Greetings, my name is Sadiq Ahmed and I am currently an equity specialist at Meadow Lake Elementary. I have worked both in higher education and public school settings in the capacity of serving diverse students. I have a B.A., and a M.A. degrees from Metropolitan State University and St.Mary University of MN.


Yuri Harper

Equity Specialist

Neill Elem.
6600 Medicine Lake Rd. Crystal, MN 55427

yuri_harper@rdale.org

763-504-7397

Hi! My Name is Yuri Harper. I am the Racial Equity Specialist at Neill Elementary. Before this role, I’ve been a Crisis Case Manager and Sexual Health Educator.I am passionate about nurturing children and the family as a whole. I received my B.S. in Human Services in 2010 from Metropolitan State University and am currently seeking my Masters in Elementary Education. I am proud to be a part of this team who is passionate about Racial Equity and held to high standards in serving the families of our district.


Harry Jackson

Equity Specialist

Noble Elem.
2601 Noble Ave, GV, MN 55422

harry_jackson@rdale.org

763-504-4030

Hello everyone, my name is Harry Jackson, and this is my second year in Robbinsdale Area Schools district. Last year, I was working as an Equity Specialist, at SEA Elementary and this year I am very excited to be at Noble Elementary this year. I attended and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education at St. Cloud State University.My experience in education began in the early 90's at the elementary level in the Minneapolis Public School district.I have been very fortunate to have worked at all levels of the educational system in the capacity of serving diverse students. Before coming to Robbinsdale Area Schools, I was the Assistant Director with Multicultural Student Services at St. Cloud State University for 6 years. Working with students of diverse backgrounds is my passion and I feel that I can make the most impact on the lives of younger students to prepare them for their next level of education as well as their life journey.

I am extremely passionate and dedicated to the work of ensuring equity and excellence for all students. I am looking forward meeting and working with you!

Matthew
Horel

Equity Specialist

Sonnesyn Elem.
3421 Boone Ave. N. New Hope, MN 55427

matthew_horel@rdale.org

763 504-7627

Hello, my name is Matt Horel, and the 2015-16 school year will be my first year as an Equity Specialist within Robbinsdale Area Schools. Prior to working as an Equity Specialist, I worked as a school counselor for the past 5 years in Winona and Shakopee, MN, along with completing my internship in Houston, Texas. Prior to this, I attended college at Boise State University (Idaho) and Winona State University (Minnesota). With Minnesota having one of the largest achievement gaps in the country between white students and students of color, I look forward to the necessary and vital work that will provide Robbinsdale, and our state, a more equitable and just education system for all students.

Albert
Mcgee

Equity Specialist

SEA Elem.
1751 Kelly Dr. Golden Valley, MN 55427

albert_mcgee@rdale.org

763-504-7200

Hello, I’m Albert McGee.This is my second year in the Robbinsdale Area Schools. I was RSI last year and am presently at SEA. I have spent twenty plus years in education and social services.I taught English and Math special ed in the Kansas City, Ks school district.I spent 10 years in the Osseo schools as a Cultural Liaison/Student Learning Advocate. I’m looking forward to this school year.


Munira Mohamed

Equity Specialist

Lakeview Elem.
4110 Lake Drive, Robbinsdale MN, 55422

munira_mohamed@rdale.org

763-504-4143

Hello, my name is Munira Mohamed, and this will be my second year as an equity specialist at Lakeview Elementary School. I have been an educator and youth worker for the past 10 years, from working at the Annex Teen Clinic to being an AmeriCorps member. I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A in Biology. Youth advocacy and education is a strong passion of mine and I look forward to working with our students and families this year.

Ashtaney Persaud

Equity Specialist

Northport Elem.
5421 Brooklyn Boulevard Brooklyn Center, MN 55429

ashtaney_persaud@rdale.org

763-504-7877

Greetings! My name is Ashtany Persaud better known as 'Ms. Ash’. I have been with the Equity Department since 2008. I have over 16 years of experience working with students and families from K-12.I am very dedicated and passionate about empowering our students, and challenging staff to commit to academic achievement for ALL students. I am currently the Equity Specialist at Northport Elementary.

Terrell Webb

Equity Specialist

RSIS
8808 Medicine Lake Road
New Hope, MN 55427

terrell_webb@rdale.org

763-504-4464

My name is Terrell Webb and I am the Equity Specialist at Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion. I have been with Robbinsdale Area Schools for 3 years, most recently as an Equity Specialist at Cooper High School. I previously worked in the non-profit sector and have over 17 years of experience working with youth. I earned my Bachelor's Degree from the University of Minnesota where I majored in Sociology, African American Studies, and Chicano Studies. I am also bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish. I look forward to helping students achieve and seeing families succeed this year.

 

Maria
Vallejo

Equity Specialist

Zachary Lane Elem.
4350 Zachary LN Plymouth, MN 55442

maria_vallejo@rdale.org

763-504-7317

Saludos! My name is Maria Vallejo and this is my 5th year working for Robbinsdale Area Schools. I am the Equity Specialist for Zachary Lane Elementary. I grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and currently reside in South Minneapolis. I am a first generation college graduate from Hamline University and at present am attending the University of St. Thomas pursuing a Master's in Education. As an educator I am committed to being a champion for students and families. As long as there's an opportunity gap, it's crucial that we work everyday towards academic success and equitable schools for all of our students.


Syra
Yang

Equity Specialist

Forest Elem.
6800 47th Ave N, Crystal, MN 55428

syra_yang@rdale.org

763-504-7892

Hello. I have been an Equity Specialist going on two years at Forest Elementary. I was part of the academic intervention team, working in small groups for three years at Lakeview Elementary. I have an A.A. from Spartanburg Community College, a B.A. in Secondary English Education from the University of South Carolina Upstate, and a M.A. in Literacy Education from Hamline University. I was a guest speaker at USC Upstate’s teacher candidates’ Diversity conference in 2010 and presented on a panel at the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL) conference in Georgia in 2011. I look forward to raising concerns about, recognizing, acknowledging, and working towards lessening the racial disparities and inequities in the school system.


Middle School

LeVarn Shelby

Equity Specialist

Robbinsdale Middle
3730 Toledo Avenue N., Robbinsdale MN 55422

levarn_shelby@rdale.org

763-504-7551

My name is LeVarn Shelby, Equity Specialist at Cooper High School, I’ve been with the Robbinsdale Area Schools for 20+ years, as Dean of Students, Home School Liaison, Academic Liaison, and a few other titles. I affectionately classify myself as a ‘North Sider’. I have served on a number of community boards and affiliates. I’m a graduate of the A.W. Wilson Bible Institute of Minnesota, a licensed & ordained minister, and a passionate activist for racial equity and social justice. I am pleased to continue serving my community in the fight for systemic change that brings about racial equity in education.


Andrew Woods

Equity Specialist

FAIR
3915 Adair Ave. N., Crystal MN, 55427

andrew_woods@rdale.org

763-971-4529

TBD

Equity Specialist

Plymouth Middle
10011 36th Ave No. Plymouth, MN 55441


763-504-7081

High School

Arianna Crosby

Equity Specialist

Armstrong High 10635 North 36th Avenue, Plymouth, MN 55441

arianna_crosby@rdale.org

763-504-8755

Hi! My name is Arianna Crosby and this will be my 1st year in the Robbinsdale Area School District. I am the Equity Specialist at Armstrong High. In my previous experience I was a Community Partnership Specialist with the Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys Girl Scouts, Teen Outreach Program Facilitator/Health Educator with the Annex Teen Clinic and Program Assistant for Gateway to College in Saint Paul Public Schools. I graduated from Spelman College where I received my Bachelors Degree in Psychology. I look forward to working with students, families and school staff to reach a more equitable learning community.


Thandi Chiinze

Equity Specialist

Cooper High:
8230 47th Avenue North, New Hope, MN 55428

thandi_chiinze@rdale.org

763-504-8576