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Message from NMA's Executive Director

Nyob Zoo, Hello:

 

I want to take this opportunity to thank the Board of Directors, stakeholders, and search committee for conducting a very extensive Executive Director search and for your confidence in me in leading New Millennium Academy (NMA).  We share a common vision of creating global leaders, and I am committed to working with all of you to see this vision come to fruition.  I will lead this school with a strategic mindset, integrity, and passion to enhance the academic experiences of all those impacted by our mission and vision. 

 

Just imagine yourself in a community where NMA students are academically excelling and making an impact on a national and global platform.  Staff have the tools and resources to do their work; parents and families are academically engaged; scholars are now challenging the minds of our staff and the community is awarding NMA for closing the achievement gap.  This is my expectation for NMA in the next 3-5 years!   This is attainable by my commitment to all of you as follows:

  • Ensuring there is an equitable and just school environment by ensuring that our staff reflects the diverse demographics of our scholars and that our academic programs challenge the minds of our scholars as if they were in high performing and privileged districts;
  • Building a positive and engaging social and emotional learning environment that also embraces pluralism and multiculturalism;
  • Continuing to embrace Hmong language and increasing our enrichment programs to retain the Hmong culture;
  • Cultivating leaders and holding space for growth by investing in the development and talents of all staff and guaranteeing they have the resources to do their job well;
  • Engaging parents and families in the learning space.  As immigrants and refugees, many parents' first exposure to a formal education is at NMA.  It is my responsibility to provide our parents and families tools and resources so they, too, can support their scholars at home;
  • Increasing the organizational budget via grassroot fundraising and grant writing; and
  • Exposing our school community to global leadership

 

As I step into this role in partnership with all of you, I am reminded of my success story, particularly of how my parents crossed through war-torn jungles and rivers to get a piece of the American dream, while seeking life and refuge.  I am a product of their history and trauma, and I am a token of their dream.  I am empowered because of their love and support.  As I reflect on my successful journey to becoming one of the first gay Hmong Executive Director of a Hmong mainstream institution, it was because of the support system of my parents and family.  Therefore, it is extremely important to me to lead NMA in the same way that my parents have impacted me all 39 years of my life!  I am committed to empowering all of us to share our stories, supporting us in our work and engagement, and finding resources to build our capacity so we can elevate the stories and voices of our entire NMA community.   

 

I look forward to writing and sharing our stories!

Thank you.

Sincerely,

 

Kevin Xiong

Kevin Xiong, MA

Executive Director

 

New Millennium Academy

5105 Brooklyn Blvd

Brooklyn Center, MN 55429

Office:  763-235-7977

Email:  kevin.xiong@nmaedu.org

 

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Hawm txog tsoom niam txiv,

 

Nyob zoo tsoom niam txiv sawvdaws, Kuv zoo siab heev thiab ua tsaug ntau uas kuv tau los tuav tes haujlwm ua tus Thawj Xibfwb rau tsev kawm ntawv New Millennium Academy xyoo tshiab no. Kuv lub zeem muag uas los ua tus Thawj Xibfwb yog xav los coj lub tsev kawm ntawv mus ib kauj ruam siab rau txoj kev kawm. Kuv yuav mob siab los cob qhia cov xibfwb kom qhia tau ntawv zoo rau NMA cov tub ntxhais kawm ntawv kom txhua tus menyuam kawm ntawv kawm tau ntawv zoo tshaj plaws thiab loj hlob muaj peev xwm nrog luag kawm txawj kawm ntse nyob rau cov tsev kawm ntawv qib siab es kom NMA cov menyuam kawm ntawv tau los ua ib cov thawj coj rau peb lub zej lub zos los pab ib tsoom pej xeem sawvdaws tom qab uas lawv kawm ntawv tiav.

 

Kuv yuav coj lub tsev kawm ntawv los ntawm txoj kev qhib siab lug tos txais nej cov ua niam ua txiv txhua leej txhua tus thiab mob siab rau kev qhia ntawv zoo. Niam txiv tseem ceeb tshaj plaws rau peb lub tsev kawm ntawv thiab rau menyuam txoj kev kawm. Yog li ntawd, kuv zoo siab thiab cia siab hais tias peb yuav muaj txoj kev sib koom tes los ua dej num ua ke los sib pab sib txhawb los pab peb cov menyuam kom kawm ntawv zoo thiab mus tau siab. Kuv qhib qhov rooj lug tos txais nej cov niam txiv txhua lub sijhawm. Yog lub sijhawm twg nej muaj lus noog txog nej tus menyuam txoj kev kawm ntaub kawm ntawv, caw nej tuaj nrog kuv tham losis hu xovtooj tuaj rau kuv tau txhua lub sijhawm. Tsis tas li xwb, yog thaum kuv hu txog nej cov ua niam ua txiv los thov kom nej muaj txoj kev koom tes nrog kuv es peb thiaj ua tau dej num zoo pab rau peb cov xibfwb thiab peb lub tsev kawm ntawv thiab peb cov menyuam. Ua tsaug ntau!

 

Sau Npe

 

Kevin Xiong

Kevin Koobmeej Xiong

Executive Director

 

New Millennium Academy

5105 Brooklyn Blvd

Brooklyn Center, MN 55429

Office:  763-235-7977

Email:  kevin.xiong@nmaedu.org