Russell has a director and 2 additional full-time teachers
Sara began teaching at Russell in 2004 when her youngest child went off to kindergarten. At that time, she never imagined that she would one day have the opportunity to play such an important leadership role in the running of the school. To this day, she feels fortunate to be part of such a warm and inspiring group of teachers, parents and children.
Sara earned a B.A. in German from Connecticut College and a B.F.A. in printmaking from California College of Art and Crafts. Later down the road, she decided to pursue a path in early childhood education and eventually earned her Director's license. Despite the administrative demands required of a Director, Sara makes a point of spending as much time as possible in the classroom with children because this is truly where her passion lies.
Sara grew up in Newton, MA and after college lived in San Francisco and Greece. She now lives in Belmont with her husband and two teenage children.
Jenna has been teaching at Russell since 2009. Her college background of fine art and early childhood education was originally meant to lead to a job as an art teacher. Instead, after graduating, she began working as a graphic designer at newspapers in Great Barrington and Northampton, MA. After moving to Chicago, her interest turned toward advertising and she spent several years as an art director at an advertising agency. Then along came her first daughter, Jane, and Jenna became a stay-at-home mom. As Jane grew, Jenna's fascination with child development was rekindled. After moving back East to Watertown, they discovered Russell where Jane attended for two years. Jenna so loved being at school, she talked to the director at the time about getting her teaching license and was thrilled to be invited to do her teacher training there and became certified in time to be her second daughter's teacher when she was old enough for school. Now she is a certified teacher and excited to be part of the staff. Jenna lives in Watertown with her family.
Stephanie first arrived at Russell Preschool on the parent side of the equation. During the time her younger child (her son Matheus) was at Russell, Stephanie was very actively involved in the school. She worked on the enrollment committee and served on the board as secretary and vice-president.
Her own educational background includes time spent growing and learning in both Progressive and Quaker schools. She earned a BA in English literature from Haverford College. She credits these school experiences with encouraging her natural curiosity, her love of learning (especially of reading and writing), and also fostering creative thinking and artistic self-expression.
Her work life has included a range of experiences. These include teaching in a special education setting, working as a server and manager in the restaurant world, and serving as a volunteer breastfeeding counselor and then as a Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
She now lives in West Newton with her husband of just about 20 years, their daughter Gabriella and their son Matheus. Stephanie is an avid reader, an amateur knitter and a novice ukulele player.
Eneida joined Russell School in the fall of 2011. She was drawn to Russell because "Russell School brings back warm memories of my childhood". Before coming to Russell, Eneida taught at a preschool in Framingham, MA where she still returns on occasion for special visits. Prior to her preschool experience Eneida worked for several years as a 3rd grade bilingual teacher in the Somerville Public School system. She particularly enjoyed the children and the opportunity to become involved in the community.
In her home country of Brazil, Eneida earned a degree in Occupational Therapy. Following this, she completed graduate work in the public health field.
During the years when Eneida stayed homed to raise her son, she kept herself busier yet by planning curriculum for a family daycare in Belmont, attending fashion school and doing lots of sewing for her son, nieces and nephews.
Eneida lives in Belmont with her husband and son, and Kipper their dog.