Shantel Russell – J.R. Ingram Elementary School

Our Welcome To Sanford Lee County Teacher of the Week is Shantel Russell of J.R. Ingram Elementary School. Ms. Russell has only been at Ingram for two years, teaching fifth grade English/language arts and social studies, but has been in education since 1997. She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Strayer University and the University of Phoenix, and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, a masters in early childhood education with a B-K certification, and a masters in elementary education with a K-6 certification.

Ms. Russell believes that students learn more when they enjoy what they are learning about, so she creates an atmosphere in which her students actively participate in their learning. “Many of the lessons and projects are created with high interest topics that are integrated into the curriculum. The classroom community focuses on collaboration and positive student interactions. Our community is a no judgement zone, where students feel comfortable to share their ideas and experiences.”

Ms. Russell is honored to be recognized as our Teacher of the Week this week, and sees it as a great validation of her efforts and those of her students!

In her spare time, Ms. Russell enjoys relaxing at the beach, fishing, gardening, cooking and spending time with her family.