Harrison Education Center Welcomes New Principal, Assistant Principal

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August 09, 2016 05:05 PM

Harrison Education Center in Minneapolis is getting new leadership this fall after an assault by a student left the former principal with a concussion and head trauma.

Nathan Hampton has been chosen to lead the Minneapolis school, which serves high school students with emotional and behavioral issues.

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Minneapolis Public Schools officials say Hampton has recently worked in the Robbinsdale School District, where he oversaw a program that focused on improving educational experiences for young African-American men. He also has a background in helping transition students from Federal Setting IV programs, like Harrison Education Center, back to their home schools.

The assistant principal will be Joe Groves, who started his career in Chicago and has since taught at Andersen Elementary and Olson Middle School in the MPS district.

The new leaders will take over duties from Monica Fabre, the now-former principal who suffered head trauma after she was assaulted by a student in December.

The student, who was 17 years old at the time of the assault, has pleaded guilty to felony third-degree assault and gross misdemeanor assault after pulling Fabre to the ground and punching her in the face several times.

Fabre remains on leave after the assault but is still employed with the district. Her title is changing to Principal on Special Assignment, and her role will be more clearly defined when she returns from leave, a school spokesman said.

An informal meet-and-greet to introduce Hampton and Groves will take place from 5:30-6 p.m. Thursday at the Harrison Education Center, located at 501 Irving Ave. N. in Minneapolis.

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