Announcing Our New Executive Director!

El Colegio High School is excited to announce Katie Groh de Aviña as the new Executive Director.

Ms Katie comes to El Colegio after having most recently served as one of the directors at Academia Cesar Chavez in Saint Paul.  She has many years of leadership, experience, and knowledge in charter school management and cultural competency in education.  Ms Katie will be taking the reins in January just after Winter Break. 

Ms Katie has worked with the Latinx community for twenty years in multiple capacities, and has always believed in the potential of all her students.  She is excited to continue the mission and the vision of El Colegio with preparing our youth to be agents of change wherever their path leads them.  “El Colegio has a created environment and space safe for all learners to be successful! I want to build on that and make sure more youth know about El Colegio when they are selecting their high school!”  She is excited for this next chapter as she continues to serve her community.

Ms Katie’s predecessor, Ms Norma C Garcés, will be concluding her nine years as El Colegio’s Executive Director.  Ms Norma will support the transition during the month of January, then go on to pursue her Bush Fellowship.  We look forward staying connected with her as she grows in this opportunity.

Starting in January, Ms Katie can be reached via email at or by phone at 612-728-5728.