Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz has announced Southwest Allen County Schools teacher Jean Russell is the 2016 Indiana Teacher of the Year. Russell is a literacy specialist at Haverhill Elementary School.
“As a literacy specialist, Jean uses her unique position to provide students and educators with innovative teaching and learning opportunities. 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,” Ritz said.
Russel has been an educator for 25 years. She holds degrees from the University of Illinois and Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne.
Russell will represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year competition.