There is nothing more satisfying, and professionally confirming, than having the parents of my students, and my students, take it upon themselves to promote my work! Over the past 15 years I’ve taught all grade levels, all subjects, in public and private schools, and all for one purpose: bringing fun and joy into children’s learning environment.

Below are testimonials I’ve received from students, parents and colleagues:

Mary, Thank you for a wonderful, magical year with Ella and her buddies. You are her best bud – she loved having you as her teacher! Thanks for venturing into this Waldkinder adventure with us – your generosity + creativity were greatly appreciated.” Lots of Love, The Klingelhebers.


Ella has a heart of gold!

Mary, you have been such a wonderful addition to our lives. Kinley has had an amazing time with you. Thank you for everything!” Love, Lisen, Todd, Kinley and Elleree


Kinley belts out one of her songs of joy

Mary, Not sure what we will do without you. Ashton will have so many memories from his Waldkinder days. We are so thankful for the love, energy, and commitment you have given Ashton.” Love, Lynn, Steve and Ashton


Ashton demonstrates his strength.

“Attention Carbondale Parents!! Just sharing this info about a fabulous summer camp possiblity and after school program for your kiddos. Miss Mary has been Dylans Waldkinder teacher this past year and she is beyond incredible. Kids love her and she leads the best adventures! You are the best & we love you!”                                                Donna Lambert Riley, May 2015


Dylan shows loves his love for mom on mother’s day, 2015

Friday Crew

“Thank you so very much for all you do for the kids and the school. We are all so lucky to have you as a leader here. Your teaching style and ways of inspiring adventure & learning are so valuable to us all.” 
Kristen & the rest of the ALK parents, April 2018
“It has been such a pleasure getting to know you! One of my instructors once told me – “Never work anywhere if there’s not someone there (who) you can learn from. We always have room to grow…” At ALK, you have been that person for me. I so enjoy your shared wisdom and I am grateful for your presence in my life.”
Shelby, May 2018
“You may have come into Jake (and Aiden’s) lives recently, but you have made an incredible impact. I only wish that we could have met you sooner! Jake has just blossomed with having you as a teacher — he gets all his questions answered and then keeps coming up with new ones, and you are so eager to answer! His love of the outdoors and exploration has grown 1000-told because of the curriculum you have implemented. He isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and has created such a wonderful bond with all of his friends. I cannot express enough how much your presences in our lives has enriched us. We hope that you continue to grow the school into what you envision it to be — it has already exceeded our expectations. We just want to go on Out-and-Abouts forever! 
Please stay in touch! We would love to hear how you and Jake’s friends are doing.”
Jake, Aiden, Le, and Mike,  May 2018


About Mary Russell

I'm a "multipotentialite", turning my passions into careers. My main passions are learning, teaching, creativity, adventure, and compassion.
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