Astein Osei began his career in education as a Health and Physical Education Teacher at Cretin-Derham Hall (CDH) high school in St. Paul. Following his time at CDH, Astein took an administrative position in the Osseo Area School district. During his tenure in the Osseo Area School district Astein served in several different leadership roles (Assistant Principal (Park Center Senior High and Maple Grove Senior High), Division of Leadership, Teaching and Learning Principal on Special Assignment, Director of Educational Equity and Assistant Superintendent). Astein also spent time in the St. Paul Public School district as the Principal of Johnson Aerospace and Engineering High School.
Having the opportunity to serve in multiple sites and district-level leadership positions helped him to develop a system-level perspective and better understand the strategic nature in which school districts must operate for successful implementation of strategic plan strategies. Astein is a firm believer in the power of public education and understands that in order to create an anti-racist democracy we must have effective public schools that produce citizens who are change agents. Astein joined St. Louis Park Public Schools as Superintendent July 1, 2017.
In 2017, he led the District in the successful passage of a $100.9 million bond referendum and enewal of the operating levy. During the 2018-19 school year, he helped to facilitate a successful start-end time change process which resulted in the School Board approving the change in start-end times for the 2020-21 school year. He focuses his daily work on the achievement of the District’s mission and strategic plan.
Astein provides leadership throughout the St. Louis Park community as a member of the Children First Executive Committee, St. Louis Park Noon Rotary, St. Louis Park Human Rights Commission, St. Louis Park Crime Prevention Board, Perspectives
Board of Directors, Hennepin County Sheriff's Office Community Advisory Board and Keep Every Youth Safe (KEYS) Initiative.
Astein Osei serves on the Board of Trustees