Degrees and Certifications:

Julie Downwind


I am Julie Downwind, and I am honored to serve as American Indian Magnet School's interim principal.  I am a member of the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe Community, a mom, a pet parent, and a lifelong educator.  I earned my elementary education teaching degree at the College of St. Benedict, my M.Ed. at the University of Minnesota, and my principal licensure EdSp degree at Concordia University, St. Paul. I have completed my EdD coursework, but still need to complete the dissertation.

I have been a teacher at AIMS since it opened in 1991.  I taught kindergarten and first grade for 28 years, moved to lead teacher at AIMS for three years, and then served last year as SPPS's Indigenous Curriculum Integration Specialist.

I commit to helping students be successful in school while developing as people, encouraging students to pursue their personal aspirations, and ensuring all students learn about Indigenous people accurately highlighting resiliency.

You can reach me directly at

District Cell: 651-440-0549 - text