About the Superintendent Selection Committee
The Minneapolis Board of Education have formed a Superintendent Selection Committee to spearhead the national search for a permanent Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools.
The Selection Committee is a group of respected individuals who represent the diversity of the City of Minneapolis. Each possesses a deep knowledge of MPS, and the group represents a wide array of perspectives which include teachers, current and former school administrators, higher education leaders, parents, business and philanthropy. The Selection Committee is chaired by Director Nelson Inz.
The Committee includes:
Director Nelson Inz, Chair, District 5, began his career as an educator by volunteering at Washburn High School before becoming a substitute teacher and coach in Minneapolis. Nelson has been a teacher at Great River Montessori High School for the last six years, where he has served on the school board as chair of the personnel committee and on the re-licensure committee. His goals include more equitable outcomes for students, timely and detailed communication with families, and a renewed commitment to holistic education. Nelson lives in the Regina neighborhood with his wife Emily and twin toddler boys, Gus and George.
Director Siad Ali, District 3, is an English Language Learner community advocate with a passion for seeking higher academic achievement for every child. For the past eight years, Siad Ali has served on the Minnesota staff of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar as an Outreach Director focusing on immigration casework and community outreach. Holding a master’s degree in education from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Siad has many years of experience in the employment, immigration, education and diversity fields. He has a bachelor’s degree in Commerce & Computers from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India; a master’s degree of Commerce from Bundelkhand University, Jhansi, India; and a Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Pune, India. He has four children and lives in Minneapolis with his family.
Director Kim Ellison, District 2, brings a wealth of experience to the school board working for organizations that serve students and families and has a background informed by 12 years of teaching. She has served on the LearningWorks board at Blake School and on the board for Parents United for Public Schools for nine years. Kim is passionate about addressing the achievement gap and is a firm believer that building relationships with students is key to their success. She asserts that it is necessary take a well-rounded approach to educating students. Nutrition, health care, after-school programs, and enrichment opportunities all support academic achievement. Ellison was first appointed to the Minneapolis Board of Education in January 2012 to fill a vacancy, and began her first elected term in January 2013 representing the northwest side of Minneapolis in District 2.
Shaadia Munye, Student Representative, At Large, was appointed to the Minneapolis Board of Education as the Student Representative February of 2016 and is currently a sophomore at Patrick Henry High School. She previously attended Anne Sullivan Elementary School and Northeast Middle School. She has been heavily involved in student leadership as a member of the Black Student Union and a member of the Pilot 30 program. Shaadia boasts excellent grades, and her academic interests include both math and English classes. Henry Principal Yusuf Abdullah describes her as “a very smart, energetic young lady who wants to see positive change happen to her school and community.”
Collin Robinson, District 2, is currently a sophomore at Southwest High School and serves as a student representative on the search committee. Robinson is a member of the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice for Jamar, Educate Ya Self, Dare 2 Be Real, as well as the Minneapolis NAACP education committee. He believes education reform needs to be prioritized to ensure the success of all students.
Teto Wilson, District 2, is the owner of a successful business, Wilson’s Image Barbers and Stylist and is the parent of three daughters, two of whom attend South High school. He is also actively involved in politics and his community. He is committed to the idea that the entire community should be thoroughly invested in educating the complete student body.
Joseph Rice, District 3, is the executive director of Nawayee Center, a contracted Minneapolis Public Schools alternative school. Rice graduated from Macalester College with a B.A. in History and earned a B.S. in Science Education from Black Hills State College in South Dakota. He taught high school science and social studies in South Dakota for 17 years, first at Little Wound High School on the Pine Ridge reservation for nine years, followed by eight years at Central High School and North Middle School in Rapid City. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Minneapolis Urban Indian Directors and the Metropolitan Federation of Alternative Schools. He served on the United Way Allocations Panel in 2003 and also lectures on Native American education and related issues.
Henry Jimenez, District 5, is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and women’s studies from the University of Nevada and a master’s in advocacy and political leadership from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Additionally, Henry serves on the Green Central site council.
Rebecca Miller, District 6, has lived or worked in Minneapolis for more than twenty years and is currently a member on the following committees: two Minneapolis Public Schools Instructional Leadership Teams (Early Childhood Special Education at Wilder, and Minneapolis Public Schools Speech/Language Clinician), Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Executive Board, Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Legislative and Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Community Engagement. Additionally, Rebecca is also a Minneapolis Federation of Teachers delegate to Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation (MRLF) and member of MRLF Committee on Political Education.
Christine Belfrey Johnson, District 4, Christine Belfrey Johnson is currently a Parent Liaison at Southwest High School, working with students of color and students from the expanded options program. She sits on the boards of Redeemer Lutheran Church and Wirth Coop. She has two undergraduate degrees, one in K-8 communications/Literature/Arts, and a Master’s in Educational Administration and is committed to the belief that all students can succeed with proper guidance.
Radious Guess, Community Engagement Faciltator, has more than 25 years of professional experience working with communities of color, school districts, a state department of education and a national parent advocacy organization in Minnesota, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Colorado. She has led projects and training on racial equity, African-American leadership, education equity, cultural proficiency, bias reduction in schools, and strategies to build powerful parent participation and voice in urban, rural and reservation communities and school districts.