David Russell

David Russell



My name is Dave Russell and it is my pleasure to continue to serve as Fearn’s principal. I came to Fearn at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here building relationships with the students and their families in this great community.

My educational career began in West Aurora when I student-taught in first grade at Smith Elementary School. I was then hired at Greenman Elementary where I taught both third and first grades for a combined six years. I next began my administrative career as the assistant principal at Hall Elementary for two years and McCleery Elementary for one year before moving on to Nicholson Elementary, where I spent four years serving as the principal. I now live in Naperville with my wife Meghan and our three children Ryan, Genevieve and Henry.

I look forward to the upcoming year as we embrace the curiosity, complexity and the joy of learning together!

Joshua Toopes

Joshua Toopes

Assistant Principal

Mr. Josh Toopes

I am currently the Assistant Principal of Fearn Elementary School and my eleventh year in West Aurora School District 129.  My previous three years were spent at Schneider Elementary. Before that I was a school psychologist. 

On a personal note, I grew up in Illinois and moved to Arkansas for 15 years.  My goal was always to get back to Illinois to start my career.  I have two daughters Ryann and Harper.  We enjoy going out to different activities such as the zoo or Blackberry Farms.  

I am excited to meet the Fearn students, families and staff.  I look forward to starting the year off strong and to support the Fearn family in any way I can.