Degrees and Certifications:
Dr. Hang earned a Masters of Art Degree & Bachelor of Art in Organizational Management and Communications, with a minor in ESL Education, from Concordia University, Saint Paul, MN. In 2011, she earned her Superintendent Licensure and a Doctor of Education Administration Degree from Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN.
Dr. Christianna Mai-Choua Hang
Dr Christianna Mai-Choua Hang is the Founder and Superintendent of Hmong College Prep Academy (HCPA), the first Hmong-led charter school in the United States. Opening its doors in 2004 to 200 9th and 10th grade students, HCPA was founded on including world cultures and college readiness in all aspects of its academic programming. Since its inception in 2000, Dr. Hang has initiated the development and planning of the Academy and has provided the school with strategic management, educational programming expertise and technical support. Under her vision and guidance, HCPA’s 2018 enrollment reached 2,200 students, (four years earlier than projected), which made HCPA one of the largest single-site charter schools in Minnesota. In 2019-2020, the school continued to witness growth with enrollment reaching 2,350 students.
In addition, Dr. Hang serves as HCPA’s Chief Financial Officer. During her tenure, she has led the district to increase its total annual budget from $2.5 million in 2004 to $32.5 million in 2019, with a net surplus of 72%. By 2022, the district’s total annual budget is estimated to reach over $33 million. Furthermore, the school district has received a Minnesota Department of Education School Finance Award for 16 consecutive years.
Dr. Hang has also managed a number of major campus expansion projects including:
- In 2006, Dr. Hang formed HCPA’s sister building company, the Hmong Education Reform Company (HERC) to purchase new school facilities in St. Paul, MN. By December 2012, she led HCPA’s $24 million campus expansion and renovation bonding initiative that included a new 98,000 square feet high school, state of the art auditorium, new K-8 gymnasium and commercial kitchen that served over 950+ students.
- In 2009, Dr. Hang co-founded a second K-6 school, College Prep Elementary (CPE) in St. Paul, MN. She provided technical and program support to all aspects of the school.
- In December 2016, Dr. Hang led the HCPA District to obtain a $48 million dollar bond to expand the school’s K-12 school facilities. The school’s second expansion project will include renovating the current middle school wing to create more classrooms, construction of a new 98,180 square feet elementary building, adding a new, state-of-the-art sports dome to accommodate the ten-plus sports currently being offered, and a multi-purpose outdoor sports facility for football, soccer and track & field. The school’s 2016 campus expansion will mark Minnesota’s largest charter school financing project to date. Upon completion, HCPA will be the state’s largest single site charter school. In addition, the school will increase from 158,749 to 256,929 square feet, which will provide the capacity to serve over 2,200 students.
Dr. Hang has 25-plus years of successfully working within traditional K-12 public and charter school administration systems. She also brings 18-plus years of exemplary entrepreneurial finance, business management and strategic planning skills from her experience as a corporate office and small-business owner.
In addition, Dr. Hang is also an active member in her community. She currently serves as the Board Secretary for Indigo Education and as an advisory board member for Senator Foung Hawj. Dr. Hang has been featured in articles in Minnesota Women's Press, KARE 11 News, Hmong Times, Hmong Today, Hmong Pages, Asian American Press, Twin Cities Daily Planet, Bloomberg National News, and MN2020 as well as numerous Minnesota Public Radio stories. She has served as a speaker for the 2006 National Forum on Education Policy, the 2007 Minnesota Department of Education NCLB Leadership Institute, 2014 Youth National Conference, and other philanthropic organizations. As a result of her commitment to the community as well as to her academics, Dr. Hang was selected to be one of two graduate reflection speakers at Bethel University’s 2011 graduation commencement celebration.