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Charter school principal dies from complications of COVID-19

Choua Yang was 54 years old.

The principal of a charter school in Brooklyn Park has died from complications of COVID-19.

A GoFundMe page created for Choua Lee Yang, 53, says she died on Friday afternoon after a "month long battle" with the novel coronavirus.

Yang, who was born in Laos and moved to the U.S. at the age of 12, in 2004 founded the Prairie Seeds Academy, a Hmong charter school of which she was the principal at the time of her death. She founded it with her husband, Cha Ger Yang, who is the school's CEO.

"She contracted the Coronavirus during the last week of August and endured over a month long battle," her daughter, Amber Yang, wrote on the GoFundMe page, which describes her as a "visionary, compassionate, and dedicated educator."

"There is nothing that could prepare us for her early departure from this world.  We are completely devastated and heart broken with this loss, but find comfort knowing that she is living free of pain in Heaven."

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The school is currently closed until Oct. 19 because someone within the school's community has tested positive for COVID-19, with an announcement on the school's homepage saying the closure will "allow staff, students and families to quarantine for 14 days and for through cleaning and sanitation."

Yang moved to Minnesota in 1996 and in 1996 became a bilingual social studies and Hmong literacy teacher at Folwell Middle School, before becoming a project coordinator at Jenny Lind Elementary School and then the Principal of St. Paul Family Learning Center.

She then became assistant principal at North High School, and then ELL Director at the Minneapolis Schools Central Office, before in 2008 becoming the principal of the school she founded.

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