Meet The Principal

  • Dr. Leslie Hitchens

    Dr. Hitchens brings a wealth of experience in helping all students feel represented and being accepted as their authentic selves. She has served Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) students for nearly 20 years as a teacher serving students who receive specialized education, a peer assistance and review coach, an administrative intern at Maxfield, and most recently, as a K-12 Special Education Supervisor for SPPS.

    Dr. Hitchens understands the importance of collaborating with staff and families and embracing the unique gifts that each child brings. As the new principal, Dr. Hitchens is committed to working within the Maxfield community to make continual positive changes and growth in the academic and social emotional learning of all students.

    Dr. Hitchens is a leader in racial equity work and will continue engaging in the unconscious bias of structures that hinder and harm the achievement of our Black and Brown students. She is proud to continue the great work of Maxfield Elementary. 

    Dr. Hitchens has excellent academic qualifications with a Bachelor of Arts degree in special education and elementary education from Xavier University of Louisiana, a Master of Arts degree in curriculum and instruction from University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Hamline University.