Hopkins Public Schools is pleased to announce that Crystal D. Ballard will be the next principal of Hopkins High School. Ballard has seven years of secondary assistant principal experience, most recently serving as an assistant principal at Osseo Senior High School. She is thrilled and humbled to join the strong team at Hopkins High School.
“Ms. Ballard leverages student voice as a foundation for her leadership. She is committed to building a school culture that feels like a family,” said Stephanie Herrera, director of principal leadership. “I am in awe of how remarkably talented she is as a leader, and we are fortunate to have her at the helm of Hopkins High School!”
Ballard credits her passion for her work to the amazing educators she had during her K-12 learning experiences in Detroit. These teachers inspired her to choose a career in education. Ballard holds their examples with her as she leads. She is a school leader you’ll see in the hallway, cafeteria, and in classrooms. She knows her students by name, and her door is always open to teachers, scholars and parents. Her leadership style is collaborative, strategic, and empowering and her commitment to anti-racism grounds her work in a deeply personal way.
“I believe centering scholar voice is paramount to the teaching and learning experience, as scholars are our most prized stakeholder group in schools,” she said. “The mechanisms that exist within Hopkins to support our scholars while elevating their brilliance and pushing them beyond their wildest dreams is one of the reasons why I am so excited to join this dynamic team!”
Prior to joining Osseo, Ballard served as a secondary assistant principal in Minneapolis Public Schools. She completed her principal internship in 2014. She also has experience as an AVID teacher and coordinator and as a special education teacher.
Ballard has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education from Grambling State University in Louisiana and a Master’s degree in Deaf Education from the University of Minnesota. She also has a specialist degree in Education from the Minnesota State University- Mankato. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Minnesota.
Ballard’s favorite quote comes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
When she is not working, she spends her time strength training, reading books, and watching sci-fi movies. Ballard is excited to begin her work at Hopkins High School.