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.

Nina Fish

Director of External Affairs

Nina brings her considerable nonprofit experience to Apprentice Learning where she is responsible for resource development and worksite partnerships. She moved back home to Massachusetts in the summer of 2015 after completing her Master in Arts in Organizational Leadership and Policy Development with a concentration in Higher Education Administration and a minor in Program Evaluation from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Prior to completing her graduate degree, Nina worked for over five years for an educational nonprofit where she advised Boston students how to get to and through college. During this time, she saw a need for students to develop real world skills, which drew her to Apprentice Learning. She is a graduate of Union College and holds a B.A. Modern Languages and Literature.

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.

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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