Mary Donnelly

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Principal, John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School

Baltimore, Maryland

Mary Donnelly, in her 15th year as principal at John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School in East Highlandtown, has served Baltimore City students as a district employee for the past 42 years. Ms. Donnelly has overseen a period of major demographic change for the school, including a tremendous growth in enrollment (from 200 to 826 students as part of a conversion to K-8) and an increase in the percentage of students for whom English is a second language.

She has adapted her leadership style to address the changing needs of her school community and works tirelessly to make her school a welcoming and safe space that address the needs of all children and families. As a community partner put it, “Ms. Donnelly has worked to ensure that all families are included in school and feel that they can participate in their child’s learning.”

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Posted May 20, 2016

Meet a Baltimore Principal Who After 42 Years Is Still Showing Heart

In 1974, I started my journey as a fifth-grade teacher at Abbottston Elementary—the following week, all the teachers went on…

By Mary Donnelly

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Posted Mar. 18, 2019

Trump Isn’t Just Cutting the Education Budget, He Wants Schools to Pay for the Wall

Mexico will not pay for Donald Trump’s wall. Your children will. And your children’s children will pay the interest, as will their children—and perhaps the…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Mar. 18, 2019

As Long as There’s White Privilege, We’re Going to Need Affirmative Action

Affirmative action: For years, some people have balked at it, while others have been actively trying to dismantle it. But we need to embrace it,…

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Posted Mar. 19, 2019

Don’t Like Who’s on the School Board Ballot? Run.

With headlines dominated by news of 2020 presidential candidates, it’s easy to forget that there are elections happening across the country in 2019. But in…

By Aviva Rosman, Lea Crusey

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