Social Worker Section
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.