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Principal Jocelyn Sims

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Thanks for visiting the E-STEM Middle School website!  I am very honored to be the principal of E-STEM knowing that there are a lot of great things in store for the start of this new school.  I have been very fortunate to be a part of the St. Paul Public School District for 21 years years, both as a teacher, assistant principal and principal.  Prior to my start at E-STEM, I was the principal at Battle Creek Middle School and Parkway Montessori and Community Middle School. In between my time at those two schools, my family and I relocated to Arizona where I was also lucky enough to spend three wonderful years as the principal of Centennial Middle School in Phoenix. 

Nothing makes me happier than being able to spend each and every day around middle school students as no day is ever the same!  In addition, I love the opportunity to work with the adults who choose to be "in the middle"!  It is always my mission and vision as a leader to ensure that the work we do as adults always puts students first!  When we are all on the same page, focused on what's best for our students, many positive things will happen. 

I am very blessed to have a great surrounding crew in my life!  My husband, Damon, is a retired Navy Chief of 23 years.  He currently works for the Safetly and Emergency Management team here in SPPS as an Assistant Mangager.  We have three very active boys: Maximus (12th grade), Manny (10th grade) and Elijah (6th grade).  All three boys play football, basketball and baseball and keep us both on the go at all times.  As a family we enjoy camping, fishing, swimming, boating, and attending a variety of sporting events (MN Lynx, Twins, Packers, Steelers...sorry, not the Vikings!).  

I look forward to the many opportunities at stake to partner and do what is best for our students.  Please know I am available by phone (651-744-2900), email ( or by appointment through the office manager, Rochelle Stoffel.  

Thank you for choosing E-STEM Middle School!



Assistant Principal Brett Asleson


Phone: 651-744-5940

Welcome to this new school year!  My name is Brett Asleson and I am proud to be the Assistant Principal at ESTEM Middle School.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in teaching from Minnesota State University Moorhead, a Masters in Literacy from Saint Mary’s University in Minneapolis, and an Educational Specialist and K-12 Principal’s License from Minnesota State University Mankato. My tenure is SPPS began in 2009 with me working in Special Education at Como High School, then working with our multilingual learners at LEAP High School, coaching and leading our new to SPPS staff as a Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Coach, leading as a Literacy Coach between Humboldt and Washington High Schools, and most recently as the Assistant Principal of Benjamin E. Mays IB World School.

I am excited and honored to be working at ESTEM this year and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Nikki Staab, Assistant Principal


Phone: 651-744-6274

Text: 612-564-2289

Greetings E-STEM Families,

My name is Nikki Staab and I am honored to serve as one of your Assistant Principals.This is my 11th year in Saint Paul Public Schools and my 2nd year at E-STEM Middle School. I started my journey in SPPS as a middle school science teacher at Farnsworth Aerospace 5-8 Campus and most recently served as Assistant Principal at Highland Park Senior High School.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, taking walks around Lake Phalen, and watching sports (Go Pack Go!)

E-STEM is a truly special place and we are excited for a great school year ahead. I look forward to partnering with you and encourage you to reach out anytime.

Go Raptors!