Dr. Alejandra Estrada-Burt is the new co-head principal of Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion School, joining current principal Ken Habel in overseeing administration of the district’s largest elementary and magnet school. The new co-head principal model will provide additional building support, assist in student second language acquisition and literacy skills, as well as supporting RSI’s continued aspirations for becoming a national blue-ribbon school.
“We are excited to welcome Dr. Estrada-Burt to this new administrative position at RSI,” said Dr. Stephanie Burrage, Interim Superintendent of Robbinsdale Area Schools. “In supporting Sr. Habel and the RSI staff, she will assist our students in discovering infinite possibilities and reaching their unique potential,” Dr. Burrage continued.
“I feel incredibly honored to join RSI and will work to continue to uphold the long-standing commitment to Spanish language and culture,” said Ms. Estrada-Burt. “I look forward to working alongside Ken Habel in collaboration and partnership as we help guide all students to academic success, social development, and intellectual fulfillment,” she continued.
Estrada-Burt began her new role at RSI on July 30, 2020, and brings a commitment to equity and student advocacy as well as the ability to build relationships. A native Spanish speaker, she has served as an administrator in the district for several years. For the past two years, she’s worked as Assistant Principal at Neill Elementary, and prior to that was Assistant Principal at Northport Elementary. Previously, she worked at Zanewood Elementary School (in the Osseo school district) as a behavior interventionist and English Language Learner teacher.
“I have known and respected Alejandra for eight years as an academic leader and as someone who deeply cares about the social/emotional needs of children,” said Mr. Habel. “Her background is a great fit for our school community, and she is dedicated to seeing our kids succeed. I can't tell you how excited I am to work with such an incredibly passionate, talented child-centered leader,” he continued.
Estrada-Burt received her educational doctorate from Hamline University; a Master of Education in Second Languages and Cultures from the University of Minnesota; and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish, also at the University of Minnesota.