Welcome from the HPMS Administrative Team

  • Our goal is to work collaboratively with students, staff, and families to ensure student success. We do this by building relationships with our staff, students and their families, modeling effective leadership practices, and supporting classroom instruction to increase student achievement. We believe that all children can learn, and it is our responsibility to develop and support policies and procedures as well as provide resources so that teachers can teach and students can learn.

     

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John Andrastek, Principal

Mr. Andrastek, also known as “Mr. A.,” will begin his 28th year in public education, his 18th year specifically in Saint Paul Public Schools, and his 17th year overall “In The Middle!” He is a resident of Saint Paul, has been married for 31 years, and has 5 children, all of whom attended— or currently attend—Saint Paul Public Schools. This is Mr. A's 5th  th year at Highland Park Middle School and Highland Park Complex communities.

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Hibaq Mohamed, Assistant Principal

 

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”

    —Dr. Mae Jemison, first African-American female astronaut

Mrs. Hibaq Mohamed transitioned to St. Paul Public Schools from Minneapolis Public Schools, where she worked in curriculum and instruction supporting middle school and high school ELA & reading teachers and school administrators in the Teaching and Learning Dept. Prior to that, she was a high school English and ESL teacher. Mrs. Mohamed started her career in education as a Special Ed education associate (EA). She has experience as an educator working in a variety of public and private settings as a passionate advocate of ALL learners.

 Mrs. Mohamed’s family moved to the USA when she was 5 years old from Somalia. She enjoys learning new languages and speaks 4 languages (including English).  

 Mrs. Mohamed holds a Bachelor of Science in Teaching, a Master’s degree in Education and a K-12 Administrator License from the University of Minnesota.

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Mr. Luis Saenz, Assistant Principal

Mr. Saenz is honored to be a member of the Highland Park Middle School community. He has provided leadership as a member of the instructional leadership team, equity and engagement team, and professional learning communities. He has both teaching and administrative experiences and brings extensive educational knowledge. He is committed to working collaboratively with students, staff, families, and the broader community to achieve results on behalf of students. He has worked in both International Baccalaureate schools as well as within Immersion programs.  

Mr. Saenz enjoys spending quality time with his family and has been married for 20 years. He has two amazing daughters, one who is currently enrolled in college and the other who is a junior in high school. He also has a chocolate Labrador who he enjoys spending time with. He is wholeheartedly committed to working with the entire Highland Park Middle School Community to maintain a school of excellence!