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Welcome from the HPMS Administrative TeamOur goal is to work collaboratively with students, staff, and families to ensure student success. We do this by building relationships with our staff, students and their families, modeling effective leadership practices, and supporting classroom instruction to increase student achievement. We believe that all children can learn, and it is our responsibility to develop and support policies and procedures as well as provide resources so that teachers can teach and students can learn.

Hibaq Mohamed, Principal

Dear Highland Park Middle families,

I am honored to transition from Assistant Principal to Principal at Highland Middle, going onto my 5th year with this incredible school community! 

The middle school years play a pivotal role in a student's educational journey, influencing their academic, social, and emotional growth. As Principal, I am dedicated to ensuring that every student at Highland Middle receives the necessary support and resources to thrive during this transformative period. I firmly believe in the collaborative strength that emerges when students, families, and the school work together as a unified community.
Drawing upon years of diverse experience in education, including roles as an assistant principal, university-level instructor, curriculum and instructional lead at the district level, classroom teacher, and classroom support, I am committed to cultivating a learning environment that serves the whole child.  Together, with our talented and experienced staff, we are dedicated to providing our students with a rewarding middle school experience.
Having embarked on my own educational journey as an immigrant to the USA, I have gained a profound understanding of the transformative power of education on individuals and communities. I hold dearly, a Somali saying that I often reference,  "iftiin la'an, waa aqoon la'an", which loosely translates as, "to be without education is to be without light." As someone who speaks several languages, I am proud to be a part of an institution that not only celebrates but also actively promotes students learning other languages. At Highland Middle, we offer three distinct language pathways (Mandarin, Spanish, and French) through our MYP program, where every student learns a language, in addition to our dual-language programs in Chinese and Spanish.  
I want to warmly welcome-- new and returning families to Highland Middle School!  Families are welcome to reach me at hibaq.mohamed@spps.org.

Principal Mohamed

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Assistant Principals

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LOIS PANTOJA, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

Greetings,

I am excited to join the administration team of Highland Park Middle School as Assistant Principal. I look forward to working with the staff, students, and families to make this a stellar year for our scholars by inspiring them to think critically, pursue their dreams and change the world.  

My background in education includes teaching in both English and Spanish dual immersion settings, professional development trainer and lead, adjunct professor, instructional coach, and Assistant Principal. I have worked with Saint Paul Public Schools since 2003.  

I look forward to supporting the Highland Park Middle School community and to support learning for each student.  I value individuality and connectedness; two vital components for learners.  Please reach out to connect with me by email at lois.pantoja@spps.org or my direct phone number (651) 744-2432.

In partnership,

Lois Pantoja

JIMMY NYEMBWE, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

My name is Jimmy Nyembwe, and I am the 6th-grade Assistant Principal at Highland Park Middle School.  This is my thirteenth year in education and prior to this I was at Harding High School and Tech High School in St Cloud.  I love learning and experiencing new challenges and always look forward to working with staff, students, and parents!  I am excited to serve the Highland Park Middle school community.If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me any time by email: Jimmy.Nyembwe@spps.org or phone:  651-744-6084