Meet Our Principals
(From left to right): Assistant principal Silvy Lafayette, principal Josh Fraser and assistant principal Michael Miller
Principal Josh Fraser
I am the proud Principal of Brooklyn Center Middle and High School STEAM. I’m honored to continue my 13 years of service in the community. I’ve been with Brooklyn Center Community Schools my entire career as a teacher, coach and with various leadership roles. More importantly, I begin my first Principalship in my own community. For this, I am grateful.
It’s very important for me to share why I do this work and what I stand for on a daily basis. My office is a place for anyone in our community to come learn more about our amazing students, staff and programs we offer. I welcome your visit! With that, please take a moment to learn about why I serve BC.
I serve to….
- Build relationships
- Prepare each and every student for their journey
- Eliminate racial disparities
- Create the culture of organizational success our community deserves
- Ensure that students go home in the same way if not better than when they came to school
- Empower students
- Improve our community
- Build effective leaders and leadership teams to drive our mission
- Create a collaborative network of teachers, students and families that strive for growth
- Involve families in decision-making teams, feedback teams, and culture-building teams
- Continue to improve the climate and safety systems that create the foundation for academic success
- To provide students with rigorous instruction and coursework to prepare them for college and career
Josh Fraser, principal
Assistant Principal Silvy Un Lafayette
I'm excited to begin my second year as an assistant principal at Brooklyn Center Middle and High School STEAM. I was born in a refugee camp in Thailand and then immigrated to the U.S. from Cambodia with my parents and five siblings. I grew up in Rosemount, Minn. and graduated from Rosemount Senior High School. After high school, I attended college at the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish!) and then earned a master's degree in education from Boston College as a Donovan Urban Teaching Scholar. After teaching middle school on the east coast, I returned to Minnesota to complete a Ph.D. in Education: Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. My research interests include topics in education related to race, equity, culturally relevant pedagogy and the experiences of students from immigrant backgrounds.
Before coming to BCCS, I served as an administrator for five years in Saint Paul Public Schools. My goal is to use my training as an educator and education researcher to support students, teachers and families ensure that all BCS students graduate college and career ready. I also hope to develop student leaders who are dedicated to serving their community. I currently live in Maple Grove with my husband Lee and our happy baby boy Justus. We enjoy reading, traveling to warm places, playing outside, exercising and eating foods from different cultures.
Assistant Principal Michael Miller
It is my pleasure to be an Assistant Principal at Brooklyn Center Middle and High School STEAM. I live just north of Brooklyn Center in Champlin, with my wife Lauren and our three children Noah, Amelia and Owen. I attended college at Iowa State University, where I earned a B.S. in History, minors in Economics and Political Science and a teaching license. After serving as a teacher in Minneapolis Public Schools, I returned to school at Concordia University, St. Paul, where I earned my M.A. in Educational Leadership. I then spent a full year as a Principal Intern in Minneapolis Public Schools while earning my PK-12 administration license from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
I am excited to work with the students, staff and community who make BCS a great school. As an educational leader, I'm passionate about ensuring that every student has access to the knowledge, skills and experiences that will help them achieve their goals and change their world. When I'm not working, I enjoy spending quality time with my family, exercising and being in nature.