Mentor Biography

Marie Russell


2022 to Present

I came to Alaska for a visit in the Fall of 1979 and knew right away I was home. I fell in love with the outdoors and the abundance of opportunities to grow in mind and spirit. It took me awhile to discover what I wanted to be when I grew up, but once I entered the world of teaching I was hooked. I moved to Juneau and received my B.E. with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. I taught as a K/1 teacher for 28 years with the Anchorage School District. During my time teaching I enjoyed creating lessons that focussed on the whole child and got children wondering and creating. I value collaborating with other educators to develop lessons and connections with families and students. Through mentoring practicum and early career teachers I have become a better educator from what they taught me. I also learn from the children who participate in my summer art camp. I am continually amazed at what they uniquely create. As a life long learner I so appreciate being exposed to new ideas and perspectives while sharing my own experiences and point of view. I look forward to sharing my passion of teaching with early career teachers and fellow mentors. I am excited to grow as an educator and human by developing relationships through mindful communication ( listening and sharing ) and making connections. I am excited to travel around the state becoming aware and respective of the many cultures of this great state. When not in the world of education, I am outside hiking or skiing or inside dabbling in arts and crafts. I live with my husband Duke who keeps me entertained with music and his artistic creations. I love sharing life with my son and daughter who have taught me the wonders of parenting.

"I so appreciate the opportunity to share my passion for teaching and work with other educators just starting out in the field. I feel very fortunate for the opportunity to visit the village communities and get to know the people."

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."         — Benjamin Franklin
"Best teachers show you where to look but not what to see."          — Alexandra K. Trenfor