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975 Snelling Avenue South
St. Paul


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Welcome from the HPMS Administrative Team

Our 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, Assistant Principal

"Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations." Dr. Mae Jemison- first African-American female astronaut

Mrs. Hibaq Mohamed comes with experience in curriculum and instruction supporting secondary educators and school administrators in the Teaching and Learning Department at Minneapolis Public Schools before joining Highland Middle. Prior to that, she was an English teacher for many years and began her teaching career as a special education associate (EA). Mrs. Mohamed holds a Bachelor of Science in Teaching, a Master’s degree in Education and a K-12 Administrator License from the University of Minnesota. This is Mrs. Mohamed's 4th year as an AP in Highland Park.

Mrs. Mohamed’s family moved to the USA when she was 5 years old from Somalia. She values and enjoys learning new languages and speaks 4 languages (including English). When not at work, she enjoys visiting state parks with her husband and their four children and trying new food. Mrs. Mohamed knows that the middle years are essential and works hard to ensure all students and their families have a successful middle school experience.

Lois Pantoja, Assistant Principal


     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 St. 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 or my direct phone number (651) 744-2432.

In partnership,

Lois Pantoja