Biography and Articles
Julia Russell Eells brings 29 years of college and independent school teaching and administrative experience to her role as Head of School at Lincoln. She holds a BA from Hobart & William Smith Colleges and an MA from Wesleyan University.
Julia joined Lincoln in 2005 bringing deep experience in all-girls education including 17 years combined at Miss Porter's School and The Ethel Walker School, as Dean of Admissions and College Counseling. Julia also served five years as Assistant Headmaster at Westminster School in Connecticut. Since moving to Rhode Island, Julia has joined the Boards of the National Coalition of Girls' Schools and Community Preparatory School. With a particular passion for issues of equity, diversity, and moral development, much of Julia’s classroom work has centered on human development. She teaches a section of Ethics at Lincoln each spring.
She is married to John C. Eells, Founder/Director of the Farmington (CT) Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Community Orchestra. Julia and John have one grown daughter who is a teacher at the University Child Development School in Seattle, Washington and a son who attends the University of Rhode Island.
Recent Articles by Julia Russell Eells
Room for Books
On Our Minds, January 2010
A New Lesson in History
On Our Minds, August 2009
Being Yourself in a Selfless Era
On Our Minds, February, 2009
Reflections from a Silent Meeting
On Our Minds, September, 2008
All-Girls and The Real World
From The Head
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Julia Russell Eells
Head of School
Founded in 1884 by Mrs. William Ames, whose daughter Daisy Dwight was one of Lincoln's first nine students, Lincoln School was named in honor of John Larkin Lincoln, a Brown University Professor with a strong commitment to the education of girls and young women. Lincoln moved to its present site on Butler Avenue in 1913, expanding its campus and physical plant in the ensuing years to accommodate the School's growing N-12 academic program, its Infant and Toddler Center, and its arts and athletic programs. In 1924, Lincoln School began its formal association with the Yearly Meeting of Friends for New England as a Quaker School. While Lincoln's affiliation with the Yearly Meeting of Friends ended in 1972, Lincoln maintains a strong commitment to its Quaker traditions and is accredited by the Friends Council on Education. In 1980, Lincoln acquired Faxon Farm in Rehoboth, MA, named in honor of Connie Briggs Faxon '36, to support the School's growing interscholastic sports program. Along with its longstanding tradition of academic excellence, Lincoln enjoys the distinction of being the nation's only all-girls Quaker School in North America. In 2005, Julia Russell Eells was named 14th Head of Lincoln School. There are more than 3,000 Lincoln alumnae living and working in communities across the nation and around the world.