Dear J.J. Hill Montessori Families,
I am pleased to share that I’ve selected a new leader for J.J. Hill Montessori. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Fatima Lawson as your school’s new principal for fall 2016.
Dr. Lawson has worked for Saint Paul Public Schools for 20 years and brings a wealth of experience in helping our youngest students succeed. She has served as an elementary teacher, principal at L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion magnet, and most recently, as leader of the district’s Department of Alternative Education. She holds multiple degrees, including a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Lawson is a fantastic leader whose global perspective and approach to education will be a great addition to J.J. Hill. She has lived and worked in several countries including France, Brazil and Canada. Throughout her career, Dr. Lawson has focused on helping children discover their individual strengths and she is excited to continue through the Montessori philosophy.
Dr. Lawson will work throughout the summer to ensure a smooth transition and a strong start to the upcoming school year. You will have an opportunity to meet her at a school event to be scheduled in the fall. We look forward to seeing you there.
Thank you for choosing J.J. Hill Montessori.
Valeria S. Silva, Superintendent
Saint Paul Public Schools