Alumna, Kathy Russell, Named 2024 Prince George's County Teacher of the Year

June 4, 2024

Kathy Russell headshot

GSEHD alumna Kathy Russell (master's, Educational Leadership and Administration) has been named the 2024 Prince George's County Teacher of the Year. She has taught students for 26 years with Prince George's County Public Schools and is currently a reading and language arts teacher at Rose Valley Elementary School.

Russell was nominated by her peers for her "outstanding teaching skills, passion for education and mentorship." In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Russell founded a school-based reading club and developed an after-school program for students that need additional support. She has also hosted Math Family Night, involving the community and providing support and incentives to more than 300 students and parents. She also has volunteered as a mentor teacher, reading department chairperson and professional development lead teacher. Additionally, she served on the district’s reading curriculum selection committee and was an ESOL program coordinator.

"Mrs. Russell embodies the qualities of an exceptional teacher," said Sharon H. Porter, principal of Rose Valley Elementary. "She instills in her students an intense desire to learn and to achieve at a high level. She also supports her colleagues in their professional growth through her leadership and mentorship."

She will compete statewide against representatives from all 24 counties for the title of Maryland Teacher of the Year, which will be announced in the fall.

Congratulations and best of luck, Kathy!