Jamil Payton has been in the field of education for 22 years. In 1998, Jamil began as a social studies and language arts teacher in an alternative school in south Minneapolis. Since then Jamil has been a family and cultural liaison, academic dean/school administrator, assistant principal and principal. Jamil has worked at both private and public schools, including most recently Osseo Area Schools and Minneapolis Public Schools where he has been the principal at Hmong International Academy, a Hmong focused school. Jamil was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a graduate of De La Salle High School, Metropolitan State University, and Argosy University. He holds his K-12 Administrative Licensure from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and is currently completing his Superintendent Licensure from Minnesota State-Mankato.