HAPA is enrolling students for 2021-2022 school year. You may visit our enrollment page for more information and an enrollment application. Interested in working at HAPA? We have a few job openings. Please visit our news section for more information.

School Leadership

We lead our students to greatness

School Leadership

Ms. Chris Her-Xiong, Executive Director/Principal

Chris Her-Xiong came to the United States as a refugee child in 1976. She attended Central University of Iowa where she completed her first Bachelors degree in Art. She then went on to earn a Bachelors degree in Education as well as two Masters degrees in Administrative Leadership and Director of Curriculum from Alverno College. In 1995 she published “The Hmong: The People and Their History”, which contributed to her most recent achievement as the 2009 Hmong Woman of the Year.

Chris Her-Xiong was the first Hmong bilingual teacher employed by the Milwaukee Public Schools. She is Founder, Executive Director and Principal of Hmong American Peace Academy, Ltd., with more than 20 years of experience in the educational and business fields. Her-Xiong maintains licenses in Art, Instruction, and Administration for grades K-12, as well as a Director of Curriculum. She also attained teaching certificates for both regular and bilingual schools for grades K-8.

Outside of her skills in the field of teaching, she has extensive experience with writing business plans, grants, and educational plans.

Leadership Programs

The Hmong American Peace Academy aims to develop the leader in each student. Our students are to become respectful leaders with a vision and conscience for justice in Milwaukee and the HAPA community. Professional training in leadership skills including personal management of emotions, funds, time, and opportunities are taught to the students through leadership courses and mentor relationships.

Students are afforded the opportunity to practice their leadership at community events hosted by the school, in after-school programs, and in their daily courses. Leadership not only builds confidence in students but also promotes a joyful acceptance of life’s responsibilities.

You may ask the high school office for the Youth Apprenticeship Application Form if you’re interested.


Internship Program

Remembering a Great and Passionate Educational Leader at HAPA…Vicki Kalman

2017 HAPA Interns

The Internship Program is a structured cooperative effort between businesses and HAPA, Ltd. designed to provide paid, part-time career-related employment opportunities to high school seniors who want to get a jumpstart in the world of work by experiencing real-life situations.

Students are enrolled in HAPA’s Internship Program in these areas:  Financial Services, Pharmacy Technician, Certified Nursing Assistant and Dietary Aides.  Mrs. Vicki Kalman, who was the HAPA Internship Coordinator, worked endlessly and passionately to provide this wide-range of on-the-job experiences for our scholars.

Internship students develop their soft skills—interpersonal communication, writing, presentation and basic professional etiquette—critical to prepare a resume, fill out an application, ace an interview and succeed in the workplace.

The 2017 interns were employed at:  San Camillo, Walmart, Luther Manor, St. Francis Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Landmark Credit Union, Educators Credit Union, BMO-Harris, Tri-City National Bank, and Prime Financial Credit Union.

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