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Julie Downwind, PrincipalBoozhoo! I am Julie Downwind, and I am honored to serve as American Indian Magnet School's interim principal.  I am a member of the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe Community, a mom, a pet parent, and a lifelong educator.  I earned my elementary education teaching degree at the College of St. Benedict, my M.Ed. at the University of Minnesota, and my principal licensure EdSp degree at Concordia University, St. Paul. I have completed my EdD coursework, but still need to complete the dissertation.

I have been a teacher at AIMS since it opened in 1991.  I taught kindergarten and first grade for 28 years, moved to lead teacher at AIMS for three years, and then served last year as SPPS's Indigenous Curriculum Integration Specialist.

I commit to helping students be successful in school while developing as people, encouraging students to pursue their personal aspirations, and ensuring all students learn about Indigenous people accurately highlighting resiliency.

You can reach me directly at Julie.Hutcheson-Downwind@spps.org

District Cell: 651-440-0549 - text


Mr. Devon Smith, Assistant Principal

We are thrilled to welcome Devon Smith to our American Indian Magnet School Administrative Team for the 2023-24 school year. Devon Terrell Smith was an employee of Saint Paul Public Schools from 2005 - 2020. He went to District 622 for three years. There he held the titles of Associate Administrator and Assistant Principal. In his current role, he assists in creating and implementing behavioral and educational systems that meet the needs of his school's community. These systems include; restorative practices, academic interventions, behavior interventions, and classroom management strategies

Mr. Smith is an advocate for all students. His work began as a Teacher Assistant in Saint Paul Public Schools, where he worked with students that were labeled with an Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. He realized that students were “falling through the cracks” and somebody needed to be an agent of change. Mr. Smith decided to take, for many Black men in his family, the road less traveled; exploring education. Mr. Smith’s educational travels include Associate of Arts degree from North Hennepin Community College, Bachelor of Arts degree from Metropolitan State University, Master of Education degree from Concordia University, Nebraska, and Educational Specialist degree from Concordia Saint Paul, Cultural Specialist in Saint Paul Public School 2014 - 2020, Restorative Practices Coordinator 2019 - 2020, Associate Administrator 2020 - 2022, and Assistant Principal 2022 - 2023. 
Mr. Smith’s selfless passion, advocacy, determination, and dedication to students and families continue to be his motivation. Mr. Smith believes that in order to travel, one must be driven to leave one’s home to create and establish many homes on their journey. Mr. Smith understands that the keys to education open up the doors to many opportunities.
“I would rather be the one-millionth person to try something for the first time and fail, as opposed to being the first person that doesn’t try because one million people failed.” - Devon Smith