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Calvin Keasling, Principal
Welcome to Hillcrest!
My name is Calvin Keasling and I am excited to be in my fourth year as principal at Hillcrest Community School. Hillcrest is an incredible community of learners and artists, and I am excited to continue the great work being done.
At Hillcrest, we take great pride in being the choice school of Bloomington Public Schools and a nationally recognized Artful Learning school. We work hard to ensure every 5th grade student graduates from Hillcrest with a strong artistic identity and middle school ready. Through the integration of the arts we inspire, challenge, and empower our students to be strong community members and successful academically.
I believe that the arts:
- Empower students to take ownership of their artistic identity and well-being
- Engage individuals in the greater community
- Serve as an essential means of communication
- Provide insight into cultures and societies
- Support academic success of all students and help close the achievement gap by building interdisciplinary relationships with academics.
I came to Hillcrest from Minneapolis Public Schools where I was the district arts administrator for 172 teachers and 36,000 students. From 2011 to 2015, I oversaw all Fine Arts Education, Exploration, and Extension programming, including the strategic planning and redesign of the MPS Arts model. Before working in Minneapolis I worked with St. Paul Public Schools, where I was an instructional coach, administrative intern, music and English Learner teacher. I also taught choir and general music in Roseville.
I hold a principal's license from the University of Minnesota, a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from St. Olaf College, and a graduate degree in ESL from Hamline University. I also serve on multiple arts-focused commissions, boards, and advisory committees in the Twin Cities.
Please feel free to email or call me with any questions, concerns, or comments that you might have. I look forward to meeting you and your child(ren) in person!
Calvin Keasling (aka Mr. K)