David Núñez, Executive Director
David’s career in education has included teaching English as a foreign language in China, teaching theater in Minneapolis Public School’s alternative high school for pregnant and parenting teens, running an alternative high school, and being a School Leader at Southside Family Charter School. David first fell in love with Community of Peace when the school’s founder, Karen Rusthoven, mentored him in 2008 and inspired him to take up school administration.
Molly Huml, Elementary Principal
Molly’s teaching career began in 2013 as a High School Language Arts teacher. She joined the CPA Staff in 2015 and served as 8th grade Language Arts teacher for three years. Molly joined the Leadership Team as Middle School Curriculum Coordinator and District Assessment Coordinator prior to assuming the role of Elementary Principal in the 2019-2020 school year.
Bao Vang, Middle School Principal
Bao’s teaching career began at Community of Peace Academy in 2000, serving first as a special education paraprofessional and teacher, and then teaching 5th and 6th grade for 7 years. Bao began her leadership path as a Math Coach at Community of Peace Academy, and went on to serve as Instructional Coach and Curriculum Coordinator before serving as Elementary Principal from 2013-2019, and assuming the role of Middle School Principal in fall of 2019.
Tim McGowan, High School Principal
Tim has served his entire educational career at Community of Peace Academy. Hired as a 1st Grade teacher in 1996-1997, Tim went on to teach 7th and 8th Grade Math and Science for 5 years. Upon attaining his Principal license in 2002, Tim was asked to serve as founding administrator of the new Community of Peace Academy High School, overseeing the development and growth of its academic and character education program. Tim currently served as Principal for grades 7 to 12 at Community of Peace Academy from 2013-2019, and returned to High School Principal in fall of 2019.
Cara Quinn, Leadership Consultant
After living in Rome, Italy and teaching English as a Second Language for nearly 10 years, Cara joined Community of Peace Academy in 2001 as a special education paraprofessional. She went on to serve in a variety of teaching and leadership roles, including Special Education Teacher, Special Education Coordinator, and Director of Teaching and Learning. Cara assumed the Executive Directorship of Community of Peace Academy in 2012 following the retirement of the school’s founder, a position she held until 2019.