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Culver School Welcomes New Assistant Principal, Ms. Katie Russ!

Culver School Welcomes New Assistant Principal, Ms. Katie Russ!

Culver School is thrilled to announce the appointment of Ms. Katie Russ as our new Assistant Principal, starting for the 2024-2025 school year! Ms. Russ will be taking the place of Mr. Oscar Suarez, who is leaving Culver to pursue a well-deserved promotion as Principal at another district.

Ms. Russ is known for her positive attitude, sharp intellect, and unwavering advocacy for all students.  Her experience in elementary classrooms and her deep knowledge of reading instruction will be invaluable assets as Culver strives to continuously improve and enhance its educational offerings.

Ms. Russ brings a wealth of experience to Culver, having spent the last 16 years as a dedicated elementary school teacher. Ms. Russ has classroom teaching experience with students in grades K-5. She has a deep rooted background working with culturally and linguistically diverse students, having spent the past 2 years as a second grade EL teacher. Ms Russ has served as the principal for District 68 ’s Newcomer Summer School Program for English Learning students in grades K-8 and District 68’s Summer Blast Program for students in grades K-5, demonstrating her leadership and commitment to student success year-round.

“I am incredibly excited to join the Culver School community,” Ms. Russ shared. “The school’s dedication to student success and its collaborative spirit are truly inspiring. I look forward to working with the dedicated staff, parents, and students at Culver to create a nurturing and enriching learning environment for all.”

“We are delighted to welcome Ms. Russ to the Culver School family,” said Principal Erica Smolinski. “Her passion for education, combined with her experience and leadership skills, make her a perfect fit for our school. We are confident that Ms. Russ will play a key role in supporting our faculty and staff and ensuring the continued success of our students.”

Please join us in welcoming Ms. Katie Russ to Culver School! We are confident that she will be a valuable addition to our community.