Phone: 293-8770/ Extension 52341


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors of Arts in Education/College of St. Catherine Masters of Arts in Education/Hamline University Chinese Language/Hamline

Mrs. Donna Yu/Ryder

Hello!  My name is Mrs. Yu/Ryder and I teach 5th Grade at Highland Elementary.  Let me tell you a little bit about myself.  I am married and have 4 children who are grown.  I have 2 dogs, Peanut, and Latte', and they keep me very busy!  I am a nature lover.  I love everything about being outside among the animals, bugs, plants, etc.  I like to incorporate all of those things into my teaching when relevent.  There is much to be learned from nature, everything from physics, math, and engineering, to biology and the natural order of things.  

I am a graduate of The College of St. Catherine, and have studied Mandarin Chinese Language at Hamline University.  I received my Masters of Arts in Urban Education from Hamline also.  I do speak Chinese, and I do read it and write it.  I try to keep up with my study of the language, and teaching at Highland has helped, as Highland has an excellent Mandarin Chinese Program.  

Some of my hobbies include marathon running, and playing various musical instruments including, tuba, flute, piano, and so on and so forth.   There have been many studies done which would indicate that the benefits of utilizing music to facilitate learning can have very positive outcomes.  Besides that, it's fun!  

I look forward to working with you and your child to make this school year the best it can possibly be.  I will do this by maintaining contact with you, the parent, about the progress your child is making.  I am also a good listener, and will work with your child to navigate the challenges that the new school year can present. 

We really delve deeply into our Units of Inquiry.  My students enjoy becoming involved in some pretty sophisticated project building to support our Units of Study. It is very exciting to be involved in their learning from start to finish.  We have frequent presentations for parents, where you are welcome to come and enjoy the results of all of the hard work, and even a little snack served by the students.  Those are fun celebrations of learning that have been enjoyed by all involved.  

So, welcome to my class....and welcome to a world of learning!



Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Tross


Chloe E.G. Tross is a student teacher completing her masters in education for elementary licensure with a STEM endorsement at St. Catherine University. Ms. Tross received her bachelor’s degree in history at the University of Iowa. In her free time, she loves to hike, bike, camp, and ski. She also enjoys cooking and baking. Ms. Tross lives in the East Nokomis neighborhood of Minneapolis and looks forward to her time at Highland Park Elementary School.