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Rachel Ose Ngendakuriyo
Rachel's passion for educational justice in Minnesota first developed as she earned her teaching licenses through St. Olaf College and spent time living in the Phillips community and interning at Andersen Elementary. Deciding to devote her time to working in the Twin Cities' urban schools, Rachel joined Teach for America as an inaugural Twin Cities corps member. After teaching high school English at St. Paul's Higher Ground Academy, Rachel went on to teach and lead in HGA's middle school.
While teaching, Rachel earned her Master's degree in Education and her Principal license through Hamline University. Rachel's vision for a school that provides both a college-preparatory, rigorous education and a highly personalized, student-driven learning environment led her found Big Picture Twin Cities.
Deputy Director of Startup
Ashley Viehauser is a Minneapolis native who developed a passion for the city and education as an issue of social justice. She attended Princeton University where she earned degrees in multiple fields of study, focusing specifically on urban education. She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, and is pursuing administrative licensure.
Ashley worked at Hope Academy in Minneapolis, where she taught middle and high school, served as the Director of Academic Support, and worked administratively in admissions and family engagement. Ashley is driven to achieve equity in educational opportunities and outcomes. As the Deputy Director of Startup for Big Picture Twin Cities, Ashley works to provide students with an education that intentionally prepares them for success in college, a career, and their communities.
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Students, join us at school this Friday for Pizza and a Movie Night! We will be screening Zootopia. We'll provide pizza, popcorn, and snacks. Feel free to bring a friend, all middle school students are welcome! Friday May 26th, 6-8:30pm at Big Picture Twin Cities....read more
We hope to see you again at our upcoming Family Night! Join us Tuesday, May 2nd from 6:00-8:00 at our school at 5929 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center, MN 55429. We will have free food from regions around the world, games and entertainment for students and kids, and an...read more
Phillips Community School is undergoing a name change to become Big Picture Twin Cities! As a Big Picture Learning school we are excited to be the first of this nationally-acclaimed network of schools to be established in Minnesota, and will represent our network with...read more
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