Phone: (651) 419-6769


Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. John McDermott

Hello Pre-K Families!

My name is John and I am so excited to be one of your child's teachers this year. It is my 1st year teaching at Highland Park Elementary and my 5th year teaching overall. I began teaching in Kindergarten and 1st grade before moving to early childhood special education this year. I live on the east side of Saint Paul with my wife and 6-year-old daughter. We love listening to live music, going for bike rides, hiking, and exploring every playground that we can find! 

I work to support students in Pre-K who have an Individual Education Plan and help them succeed in a general education classroom. My time is split between two schools in St. Paul: Highland Park and Adams Spanish Immersion.

I have a Masters Degree in education from the University of St. Thomas and am working on a 2nd Masters in Early Childhood Special Education through Moorhead State.

I am so excited for school year to begin and all the adventures that Pre-K will bring!