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Seth Ryan selected as community engagement director

Seth Ryan January 11, 2019 – Seth Ryan has been selected as the new community engagement director for Brooklyn Center Community Schools. Ryan will start the position on Friday, January 18, 2019. Ryan was most recently a member of the Community Education department in Edina Public Schools.

“I am ecstatic that Seth is joining the Centaur family,” said superintendent Dr. Carly Baker. “He brings a wealth of knowledge about family engagement and community education programming and has a heart for children.”

Prior to working in Edina, Ryan worked in school-aged care in Osseo Area Schools. He has received a B.A. in physical education from Moorhead State University, a M.A. in educational leadership and a community education director’s license from the University of St. Thomas.

“I have worked with the Brooklyn Center community in the past when I was at Osseo Area Schools and I’m excited to serve here again,” Ryan said. “As I look at all of the great work already happening here, I am energized and excited to be a part of the community and to continue to move the great work forward.”

The community engagement director is a reflection of the community engagement department’s restructuring. Following the departure of Patrice Howard as the director of community schools and community engagement, Miamon Queeglay was hired as the community schools manager. Ryan will oversee community schools functions, district-wide community engagement efforts, partner program implementation and community education programming.

“Community engagement is who I am to my core, whether it’s professional or personal in my own education and growth,” Ryan said. “In my own community, my wife and I are intentional on being involved in the community by hosting a variety of neighborhood events, from cook-outs to a 5k run. This also shows our children the importance of building and fostering community.”

Outside of work, Ryan said he enjoys spending time with his family and coaching his children’s basketball, baseball, football and softball teams. Ryan said he enjoys working in education because of the impact our schools have on a child’s development. He’s most excited to meet and learn more about the community and build relationships with staff and families.