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Principal Kenneth Turner


Phone: 651-325-2400

As a person born and raised in the Rondo area of Saint Paul, Dr. Turner brings a wealth of experience in helping all students feel represented and accepted for who they are. He has served as an educator for 27 years and worked in Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) for the past 6 years as a teacher, leader, administrator, and most recently, as assistant principal for American Indian Magnet School. Dr. Turner understands the importance of collaborating with staff and families and embracing the unique gifts that each student brings. 

Throughout his career, Dr. Turner has created schoolwide systems to improve student achievement and worked tirelessly using data to narrow the achievement gap. Dr. Turner works to engage and share information with families to help them make the best academic decisions for their child. He highly values family engagement and has built relationships between students and staff to create a positive school culture.

Dr. Turner looks forward to partnering with families, students, staff and the community to continue the great work at Benjamin E. Mays IB World School.

Dr. Turner has excellent academic qualifications with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Concordia University, a Master of Education degree in teaching and learning from St. Mary’s University – Twin Cities, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration from Minnesota State University Mankato.

Assistant Principal Becky Magnuson

Phone: 651.325.2400

Degrees and Certifications:

  • BA Elementary Education: University of Minnesota
  • MA Elementary Education: University of Minnesota
  • Admin/Principal Licensure: Hamline University

Hello! My name is Becky Magnuson, and I am so excited to be joining the Mays family as the Assistant Principal! I have been with St. Paul Schools since 2008 serving in various positions. I have taught kindergarten and first grade, supported many schools as a PBIS Specialist, and most recently served on the city’s east side as a Learning Lead. Early in my career, I taught kindergarten here at Benjamin E. Mays! I am thrilled to be back with the Mays team, and look forward to reconnecting with our families and the Rondo Community.

As a school leader, my core values are rooted in building authentic relationships, collaboration, and early academic intervention. Getting to know all students, staff and families personally is very important to me. There is nothing more powerful than human connection and working together. 

“No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship”

- James Comer

I was born and raised in the Como neighborhood of St. Paul. I graduated from Central High School and went on to get Bachelors and Masters degrees in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota. I completed the administrative licensure program through Hamline University to acquire the principal’s license. 

When I am not at school, I am busy being a mom to my two young children. We like to keep busy with gymnastics, dance, swimming at the community pool, going to parks, and spending time with family and friends. My family is made up of die hard hockey fans, and will often get together to catch a game- be it a High School game or NHL. Let’s go WIld!