Rachel Russo, Assistant Director (Glastonbury)

Rachel graduated from Wheelock College in Boston in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and a concentration in Early Childhood Education. She began her career in Early Childhood Education while she was in college working with toddlers.

After college, Rachel moved back home to Connecticut and continued to work with toddlers for another year. She then transitioned into the Preschool program at a non-profit organization and worked with preschool children for 5 years. During her time in the Early Childhood Educational field, Rachel has also been a Curriculum Coordinator and an Assistant Director.

While determining what career path to take, Rachel took a break from Early Childhood Education and pursued a new career in Property Management for a year and a half leasing homes and apartments. She ultimately came back to the Early Childhood Educational field and began her career at Educational Playcare because working with children was what she truly felt passionate about.

In her spare time, Rachel and her husband like to travel. She also enjoys spending time with her friends, exploring new restaurants and going on hikes with her dog.

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Tressan Rippley, Assistant Director (Glastonbury)

Tressan has an associate degree in Child Development from Manchester Community College. Prior to joining Educational Playcare, she worked as a Lead Teacher and Program Supervisor from 1999-2007. While living in Colorado from 2007-2012, she worked in the Public School District as a Preschool Teacher.

Tressan joined Educational Playcare in 2019 as Lead Preschool Teacher, Employee Mentor, and Alternative Administrator. Working alongside teachers, students, and families has been a great joy and pleasure for her.

Tressan lives in Portland with her partner, Eric and Daughter Isabella. Isabella is currently a senior in High school at Vinal Technical School.  Her son Austin is stationed in Florida with the United States Marine Corps. She enjoys traveling, jet skiing on the Connecticut river, and spending time with family and friends.

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