Teacher of the Year

Jean Russell, a literacy specialist at Haverhill Elementary School in Southwest Allen County Schools, is the 2016 Indiana Teacher of the Year. She has been an educator for 25 years.

“As a literacy specialist, Jean uses her unique position to provide students and educators with innovative teaching and learning opportunities,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. “As a teacher leader, Russell supports student literacy by creating a culture of readers both in and outside the classroom. Her commitment to student-centered learning and family engagement is why I am excited to announce that Jean Russell is Indiana’s 2016 Teacher of the Year.”

Russell is a graduate of the University of Illinois where she earned a B.A. in Elementary Education. She later received a M.A. in Elementary Education from Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne. Russell was a classroom educator for 21 years before becoming a literacy specialist. As Indiana’s Teacher of the Year, Russell will represent Indiana in the National Teacher of the Year competition. A selection of her career awards is listed below. 

Honors and Awards

Southwest Allen County Teacher of the Year – 2015

Haverhill Teacher of the Year – 2015

Whispering Meadows Teacher of the Year – 1997

Southwest Allen County Schools Education Foundation Award Recipient

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