Helen Russell

Executive Director

Founder and Executive Director of Apprentice Learning, Helen is an experiential educator who believes in the power of practice in the real world to augment study in the classroom. Throughout her career in Boston, she has advocated for connecting students and schools to their communities using hands-on learning experiences. Helen spent over a decade in the Boston Public Schools (BPS) in external affairs, program development, and fundraising at Boston Arts Academy and the Mission Hill School. Prior to working with BPS, Russell was an instructor and program director for Thompson Island Outward Bound. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Boston College and a M.A. in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She continues to enjoy the adventures found in everyday life.

Mariah Noelle Villarreal

Program Director

Mariah started her career as an informal educator, community organizer and researcher over five years ago within the maker education, free software, and experiential learning communities. She is passionate about supporting and developing inclusive learning environments which respect each learner’s agency, especially for at-risk and underserved youth. She has served as the Libre Learn Lab Director since its founding in 2014. Mariah holds a BA in International Relations with a focus on social justice and development from St. Mary’s University in her hometown, San Antonio, Texas. As an active advocate for experiential learning, Mariah has a deep appreciation for Apprentice Learning’s mission to prepare youth for their futures and to nurture their dreams.

Taylor Norman

Program Coordinator

Responsible for program delivery and high quality experience for students, Taylor holds a B.A. in Psychology from Spelman College and a Master’s in Organizational Psychology from William James College. She was inspired to work at Apprentice Learning by our apprentice whom she supervised at NorthStar Asset Management. Hailing from South Carolina, she loves to spread her warm southern hospitality.

Andrew Frederick

Program Coordinator

Responsible for program delivery and high quality experience for students, Andrew brings his background of youth development and outdoor education from the Boy Scouts of America, along with his prior work in educational support to create a dynamic and valuable experience for the eighth graders in Boston public schools. Andrew holds a B.A. in Mathematics with an Education minor from Lesley University. Believing in the power of community support, Andrew values being an active member of the Boston community.

Ellen Weiner

Director of Giving

Ellen’s bio is coming soon!.

Lucas Mulder

Photographic Documentation

Lucas is a Boston-based editorial and commercial photographer. For many years he worked internationally for a wide range of NGO and non-profit clients, and he continues that work now in Boston. Lucas is responsible for helping document Apprentice Learning’s work in both partner schools and apprentice workplaces. Click to view his portfolio.

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Volunteers, Executive Advisors in Culture and Communication

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