Meet Health Office Staff

Yia Leepalao, RN/ Licensed School Nurse


Teressa Ellman, LPN/ Health Assistant

Teressa Ellman, LPN/ Health Assistant
  • Hi, my name is Yia Leepalao and I am the school nurse. This is my third year with Bridgeview, but I have been a nurse for about 11 years. Previously, I have worked at other schools in the district, including the Student Placement Center. I am a graduate of the University of MN-Twin Cities and St. Catherine University. When I was pursuing my nursing degree from St. Kate's, I knew public health was where my passion lay. School nursing was an obvious choice and I am glad I went that route. I love interacting with students and families and helping them any way I can. 

    I come from a large family, with five sisters and three brothers as well as many first cousins. There is never a shortage of family events! In my spare time, I love reading and watching TV favorites. I'm also a big Kpop fan and all things Hallyu! 






  • Teressa Ellman, LPN/ HA

    I have worked at Bridgeview as a nurse in the classroom and in the Health Office for the past 12 years. I love being a nurse at Bridgeview and keeping the students healthy and ready to learn. I have earned my nursing license at St. Paul College in 1995 and received my Bachelor's degree in Biology at Hamline University in 2008. I have worked in various places throughout my career, specialty clinics and home care. 

    For the past two years, I have been teaching CPR classes and critical care classes as my part-time job. 

    I enjoy running, gardening, yoga, and spending time with family friends and my two cats.

Contact Information

  • Health Office Phone: 651-888-7607

    Fax number: 651-305-3543

    Yia Leepalao, Direct line (Call): 651-632-3732

    Yia Leepalao, Text: 651-337-4158 (during school hours only)

    Teressa Ellman, Direct line: 651-744-2489