Elias Oguz, Principal

  • Mr. Oguz brings a variety of experience in helping all students feel represented and accepted for who they are. He has served students for 20 years as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, and most recently, as executive director of Minnesota Math and Science Academy.

    Mr. Oguz understands the importance of collaborating with staff and families and embracing the unique gifts that each student brings. He looks forward to partnering with families, students, staff and the community to continue the great work at Obama Elementary School.

    Mr. Oguz is an equity leader who values communication and works hard to provide access and opportunity for all students. He plans to provide a clear vision for Obama Elementary School that honors the school’s past, while looking to the future.

    Mr. Oguz has excellent academic qualifications with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, a Master of Education degree in educational leadership from the American College of Education in Indiana, and an Education Specialist degree / Principal Licensure from Minnesota State University -- Mankato.

    As you explore our website keep in mind that its purpose is to provide you a snapshot view of the great scholars, talented staff and academic instruction offered at Obama Elementary. For a more personal contact, please call our school and set a time to tour.

Jill Knudsen, Assistant Principal

Jill Knudsen, Assistant Principal
  • My name is Ms. Knudsen and I am the proud Assistant Principal at Obama Elementary School.

    I have worked in St. Paul Public schools for over twenty years.  I have been a para, a special education teacher, and a district coach.  I received my Principal's license in 2005 from the University of St. Thomas.  I attended Hamline University where I studied Psychology.  I received my Master's in Education degree from the University of MN. 

    I feel like I have come home at Obama because my first teaching job was here! My hope and dream for our scholars is that they will be awakened to their greatness and achieve at their highest level!   I will support our scholars, staff and families to create a high achieving, fun, and collaborative community. 

    In my free time I love hanging out with my family and our bulldog Etta James.  I enjoy traveling, yoga, house projects and barbecues!

Phone: 651-744-4207


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Principal Elias Oguz

Principal Elias Oguz