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The new Ryan STEM Center at Cretin-Derham Hall.

Cretin-Derham Hall, 550 S. Albert St., will hold a ribbon-cutting to mark the opening of its new Ryan STEM Center on November 8, which is also National STEM/STEAM Day. The facility is located on the southern end of the school near its commons area and library. It features a new design lab, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) lab and dedicated office space, and is expected to be used by all students for collaboration and creative problem solving across multiple disciplines. Support was provided by alumni Ron Ryan, former owner of R.J. Ryan Construction. The school’s new STEM coordinator is alumni Ellen Schafer.

Jeannie Fox, a Summit Hill resident and an adjunct faculty member and doctoral student at Hamline University, is traveling to Iceland on a Fulbright Specialist Program award. There she plans to complete a project at the University of Iceland. She is the wife of former state Representative Matt Entenza.

Justin Hager has been appointed dean of students for the Saint Thomas Academy upper school. Hager has been working at STA since 2019 as an English teacher and assistant coach for football and lacrosse. Prior to that, he worked for Fessenden School, a private school for boys in West Newton, Massachusetts. Hager graduated from Hobart & William Smith Colleges with bachelor’s degrees in political science and European studies. In college he played lacrosse and earned all-American honors in football. He earned his master’s degree in education from Mercer University.

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The Saint Paul Public Library’s in-person Homework Centers has reopened for drop-in assistance at five locations across the city, including from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday at the Highland Library, 1974 Ford Pkwy.; and 4-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday at the Rondo Library, 461 N. Dale St. The centers are free and offer students the resources to study independently or with the help of volunteer tutors. Visit sppl.org/homework.

The Minnesota Reading Corps and Math Corps are still hoping to place nearly 80 tutors in Saint Paul schools this fall. To help attract more tutors, the stipend has been increased to the equivalent of $15 per hour. Members also will continue to receive free individual health insurance and up to an additional $6,300 for college tuition or student loans. More than 800 tutors are still needed statewide. To learn more and apply, visit join.readingandmath.org or servetogrow.org.



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