Social Worker Section

Ryan Donnelly, School Social Worker
  • My name is Ryan Donnelly and I am the school social worker at Highland.  I have worked at Highland Elementary for 3 years and have been with St. Paul Schools since 2008.  I have social work degrees from University of St. Thomas and University of Minnesota.  Prior to St. Paul Schools, I worked as a social worker with children and families at Community Action.

    When I am not at Highland I enjoy being outside, going on adventures, playing sports, biking and traveling.  I am married and we have four children.  We most recently spent a year abroad learning Spanish in Costa Rica. 

    When working with children I enjoy using creativity, mindfulness, team building, and exercise to meet their needs.  I enjoy working with all the children and families at Highland.  I provide the mental health services at Highland as well as supporting children and their families who may be in transition, homeless or experiencing a crisis. I am able to meet with families in the community or they are always welcomes to visit with me at school.