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Isis (Roper) Buchanan

Isis (Roper) Buchanan (MN '06)


Gideon Pond Elementary
Burnsville, MN

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary, Science, Gifted and Talented
Grade(s): Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

At the time of the Award, Isis (Roper) Buchanan was:

Crossroads Science Elementary School
Saint Paul, MN

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary, Science
Grade(s): K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


Biographical Information

Isis (Roper) Buchanan, is currently working as principal at Gideon Pond Elementary School. Isis has held several other educational positions over the past 19 years, such as: classroom teacher, academic tutor, curriculum coordinator, and school administrator. Isis participates in workshops to support new teacher candidates at Hamline University. She is always looking for ways to provide educational support that will lead to positive outcomes for students. She is committed to advocating for ALL learners. At the time of winning the MFF, National Educator Award Teacher, Isis was a classroom teacher. Isis (Roper) Buchanan has helped her third- and fourth-grade students raise the bar academically at Crossroads Science Elementary School in St. Paul. Her students have consistently shown more growth on standardized test scores than the district average, and many of her students have made significant growth toward grade-level reading proficiency. She has volunteered her leadership on many of the school's major initiatives including Reading First, through which she uses research-based techniques to help students become more successful readers. As a member of NASA's Explorer Schools program, (Roper) Buchanan helps students learn science, math and technology through the use of resources made available by NASA. (Roper) Buchanan works as an urban learner framework facilitator at Hamline University's Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching and conducts workshops at the university for potential teachers. For the past three years, she has provided tutoring one night a week at a homeless shelter. This is one outstanding educator whose positive impact on others has been far and wide.


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Additional Information


2012 NAESP (National Association of Elementary School Principals)

2012 Minnesota Principals Academy-National Institute for School Leadership

NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)

ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)

MESPA (Minnesota Elementary Principals' Association)


2010 K-12 Administrative License

Urban Education, Racial Equity, Culturally Relevant Teaching