We Are SPPS
Four SPPS high school students were awarded the Posse Scholarship, which covers full four-year tuition for Macalester College. Only 10 scholars received the scholarship this year after a rigorous interview process that identifies students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential. The four SPPS students were recently recognized at a Board of Education meeting.
Chaske Henry and his brother Robert Henry are students at Harding High School and founders of the drum group Ȟoká Máza. Inspired by their elder male role models, they use songs that have been passed down for generations as a way of connecting to their Indigenous heritage and sharing their culture. It is a way to forge healing and pay tribute to their roots, not only during Native American Heritage Month, but year-round.
Maria Soto is a longtime Saint Paul Public Schools staff member who is currently serving as a special education teaching assistant and on-call Spanish interpreter for the Latino Consent Decree Parent Advisory Council (LCD PAC).
When you think of school lunch, you may not think about homemade breads, specialty sauces or ingredients sourced from local family-owned businesses. But that’s exactly what SPPS students get to eat every day thanks to Chef Bono and his hard-working team in the Nutrition Center Kitchen.
Michael Houston, a mathematics teacher at Harding High School, is the 2023 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. At Harding, Houston is the mathematics department chair, a learning team facilitator and union steward.
Harding senior Kyaira Wilson loves helping people. After participating in AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) for three years, Wilson became an AVID student tutor to help her peers gain confidence in the classroom.
SPPS Online High School student Kelly Yang recently placed fifth in the BestPrep 2023 Educational Forum Student Spotlight Competition. The competition was created to broaden awareness of national and global issues affecting our community through a thought-provoking discussion.
Randolph Heights Elementary student Torin Keis kicks it Irish after school, dancing with other SPPS students with O'Shea Irish Dance at Saint Paul’s Celtic Junction Arts Center.
Duane Dutrieuille is a dedicated community leader, racial equity champion and principal of Hazel Park Preparatory Academy, a PreK-8 International Baccalaureate program on the East Side of St. Paul. He is one of five Black male principals in SPPS.