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District Welcomes New Executive Director of Educational Services

BondoN2017 Columbia Heights Public Schools (CHPS) welcomed Bondo Nyembwe as its new Executive Director of Educational Services this month.

“The opportunity to work in a small diverse district, the desire to inspire others and professional growth initially drew me to CHPS,” said Nyembwe.

Nyembwe comes to CHPS with nearly two decades of experience in education, including serving as a principal and executive director. Most recently, he served as the executive director of Academia Cesar Chavez School, a public charter school in East St. Paul.

Nyembwe describes his professional philosophy as “servant leadership” and enters this position to learn and serve the students, families and staff. “It is important that others have a good experience in my place of work,” he said. “I enjoy working with others and listening to ideas that will improve our schools and the District.”

Born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Central Africa, Nyembwe immigrated to the United States with his parents and five brothers in 1995. Upon graduation from Edison High School, he studied international relations and Spanish at the University of Minnesota. Nyembwe spent time abroad in Toledo, Spain at Foundation Ortega y Gasset and later earned his master’s degree in education leadership and administration.

“I am looking forward to learning, asking questions and contributing to the work being done in CHPS,” Nyembwe noted. “I am also looking forward to supporting the superintendent to advance the District’s mission.”

“We are thrilled and excited to welcome Bondo to the Hylander team,” said Superintendent Zena Stenvik. “He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our District.”

Nyembwe assumed his new role in the beginning of July, taking over for Stenvik who began serving as the Superintendent July 1.