Hours: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
Phone: 763.450.1388
Fax: 763.450.1389
6200 West Broadway Ave North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
Cha Ger YangYang, Cha Ger

Cha Ger Yang is the CEO of Prairie Seeds Academy, a public Academy in Brooklyn Park serving Minneapolis and the smaller surrounding suburbs. Prairie Seeds Academy has about 795 students, K-12. Prairie Seeds Academy employs 84 full time employees and 10 contracted consultants and temporary employees. Cha-Ger manages an annual budget of over 8 million. His passion is to make a difference in the lives of young children. The CEO’s leadership ability sets a positive tone for cooperation, honor and social responsibility across all stakeholders. Cha-Ger is commited to students and staff growth, development and academic excellence. As a visionary leader, he is focused on shaping the educational system, driving the vision, motivating students toward life-long achievements and enhancing positive attitudes.

Cha-Ger holds an advanced degrees in Educational Administrative Licensure from Saint Mary’s University, a Master Degree in Educational Curriculum and Instruction for grades K-12 from The University of Saint Thomas, an ESL Certification for grades K-12 from Hamline University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology focusing in facility engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Prior to his work at Prairie Seeds Academy, Cha-Ger worked at a civil engineering firm for 5 years. He then taught bilingual math and science in Minneapolis School District for 7 years. In 2004, Cha-Ger became the Principal for Prairie Seeds Academy and now is the CEO of the school.

Thrive Education LLC (Thrive), is a subsidiary of (HAP) Hmong American Partnership, a nonprofit 501c3 based in Saint Paul, MN. Thrive works collaboratively with all partners and stakeholders through a community-based participatory process that empowers staff, leadership, parents and the community to collectively define student learning, academic achievement, and school success. Since October 2015, Thrive has worked with charter schools in the Twin Cities Metro to improve school culture, school leadership, staff morale and performance, and operational efficiency.

Thrive Team

Bao Vang
Vang, Bao

Dr. Mai Moua
Moua, Mai

Vang, Penny

Choua YangYang, Choua

Choua Yang is the Principal of Prairie Seeds Academy. She manages all academics from Kindergarten through 12th grade. She started her teaching career in the Minneapolis Public School District in 1996 as a bilingual Social Studies and Hmong Literacy teacher at Folwell Middle School. There she inspired the lives of many young children, which became the root of her passion and brought her into the educational system. In 2004, she was promoted to Jenny Lind Elementary School and worked as a Project Coordinator.

In 2006, she was given the opportunity to become the Principal of St. Paul Family Learning Center. At the time, St. Paul Family Learning Center had not been making AYP for the previous five years. After one year, with Choua’s excellent leadership skills and natural ability to drive student achievement, she pulled the staff and students together and assisted in helping them to succeed. In 2007, St. Paul Family Learning Center made AYP.

Choua was recruited back into Minneapolis Public School District to fill the Assistant Principal position at North High School. She was then promoted to ELL Director at the Minneapolis Schools Central Office where she led and managed 90 ELL school sites. Choua left that position in 2008 to become the Principal here at Prairie Seeds Academy.

Choua earned her advanced degrees in Educational Administration and K-12 Licensure from Saint Mary’s University, Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction K-12 at the University of St. Thomas, ESL and Bilingual Education K-12 at Hamline University and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin Stout in Marketing/ Vocational 7-12.

Mai ThaoThao, Mai
Elementary Assistant Director

Mai Thao has been at PSA for 6 years. Mai holds a Master’s degree in Education and B.A. in education with ESL certification. She is currently serving as k-5 assistant director at Prairie Seeds Academy and is a member & contributor to the schoolwide Champion Leadership Team and it’s 5 major sub-committees.

Prior to this, she supported teachers and academic staff as the mathematics instructional coach for K-5 & 6-12 for 2 years. Before her coaching role, Mai taught ELs at PSA for both K-2 and 3-5 for 3 years while simultaneously serving the school in the leadership capacity via PLC chair and Lead Teacher.

Brody DerksDerks, Brody
Secondary Assistant Director

Kelly Convery
Convery, Kelly
Lead Coach


Special Programs
Sue Yang
Yang, Sue
Data Specialist
Degune Lee
Lee, Degune
Dean of Students & Building Operations
Maignia Lo
Lo, Maignia
Secondary Media Support Specialist

Her, Julie
Operations Manager
Teresa Long
Long, Teresa
Special Programs Coordinator
Cyndi Moua
Moua, Cindy
Intake Coordinator
Tracy Moua
Moua, Tracy
Administrative Accounting Coordinator
Crystal Vang
Vang, Crystal
Director of Business & HR Operations

Building Operations
Lee, La
Building Maintenance

IT & Technology Support

Long Her
Her, Long
Bus Driver Route #4
Cha Lee
Lee, Cha
Bus Driver Route #7
Richard Lee
Lee, Richard
Bus Driver Route #10
Sokurt Suos
Suos, Sokurt
Bus Driver Route #1
Ker Thao
Thao, Ker
Bus Driver Route #9
Ge Thao
Thao, Ge
Bus Driver Route #11
Paul Thao
Thao, Paul
Bus Driver Route #2
Kham Vang
Vang, Kham
Bus Driver Route #3
Mong Vang
Vang, Mong
Transportation Coordinator
Cindy Xiong
Xiong, Cindy
Bus Driver Route #8
Paul Xiong
Xiong, Paul
Bus Driver Route #6
Yang, Ricky
Bus Driver Route #5

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