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J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School Announces New Principal

Dear J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School Community,


I hope you have been enjoying time with your friends and family this summer. We are looking forward to welcoming students back to school in a couple weeks! I am writing to let you know that Dr. Beard informed us last week that he has decided to take a position in leadership consulting outside of SPPS. I’d like to personally thank Dr. Beard for his service to J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School, The Heights Community School and all of us in Saint Paul Public Schools.


Due to the short timeline before the start of school, I have decided to appoint Ms. Elizabeth Diemer to the role of principal at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School. Over the summer, we interviewed Principal Diemer for another leadership position and I am confident in her abilities to lead and work with the J.J. Hill school community. 


Principal Diemer has been with SPPS since 2011. Most recently, she has been the assistant principal at Dayton’s Bluff Achievement Plus Elementary for more than three years. She has also served at John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary, the SPPS Department of Alternative Education, and Farnsworth Lower Campus. Principal Diemer is looking forward to partnering with the students, families, staff and entire school community to continue the great work at J.J. Hill.


Please take a moment to complete this short survey to provide input to Principal Diemer in preparation for the 2022-23 school year. She will be working with Dr. Beard in the coming days to ensure a positive start to the school year. You can expect to hear directly from Principal Diemer very soon. 


Thank you for supporting your child and J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School!


In Partnership,

Joe Gothard, Superintendent