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Staff Spotlight: Russ Yates

Russell Yates

Teacher for Adventurers’ Class (4th-6th Grades) and Head of School

Russ sailing on Port Townsend Bay

Russ enjoying a day sailing on Pt. Townsend Bay

During Russell’s 15 years in education prior to joining the staff at Swan School, he had the pleasure of teaching children in grades 2 through 6. The majority of that time was spent in multiage settings. His classroom was featured in an independent documentary titled “Honoring Diversity, the Multiage Classroom” as well as in two magazine articles, the March/April 2005 issue of Mothering Magazine in an article titled “Ode to the One Room Schoolhouse” and the online edition of Edutopia Magazine in an article titled “Wisdom of the (Multi) Ages: Students Learn by Teaching.”

In 1996 Russ began sharing his knowledge of multiage educational practices online through the  creation of a website that quickly expanded. Not long after it was launched, Multiage-Education.Com had been visited by educators on every continent except Antarctica.  Russell has also instructed teacher education courses for Western Washington University and City University. In addition he has conducted numerous in-service classes and workshops for various school districts on a variety of subjects.

When not at school, Russ enjoys sailing on Port Townsend Bay, kayaking on northwest lakes and Puget Sound, backpacking among the Olympic mountains, standing in a stream fly fishing, or climbing some of the amazing peaks in the Pacific Northwest. “I have been enjoying the outdoors practically since I was born and my parents took me camping for the first time.” Russ and his wife Linda also travel when time allows. They were married in Denmark, have driven to Alaska, journeyed through Canada’s Northwest Territories, and have explored Ireland in search of Russ’ ancestors, finding the final resting place of “Dancing Jack Lattin”, but that’s another story.

Russell has earned a B.A., majoring in Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Education; a B.A.Ed. with endorsements in Elementary Education, History, and Social Studies; and a M.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology.

Russ with his current class and chaperones on a trip in Bear’s Ears National Monument where they studied the Ancestral Puebloans.

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