Mrs. Russell Celebrates a Decade at Dunlap


Irma Golden

Mrs. Russell is a teacher in the math department at Dunlap High School who takes pride in her career as a teacher.


Mrs. Russell has been teaching for 16 years and is celebrating her 10th year at DHS. She teaches algebra two as well as three dual credit courses including concepts of math, statistics, and college algebra.


Mrs. Russell has known ever since she was a little girl that she wanted to become a math teacher.


“I just knew from a young age that I wanted to become a teacher,” Russell says, “I had some really influential math teachers help me along the way.”


She loves the connections that she makes with students. Russell says, “The a-ha moments when they finally get something is the best part of my job.”


In her free time, she is a “taxi driver” for her three children. She enjoys going to their different sporting events.


Mrs. Russell studied mathematics and elementary education at Monmouth College and Illinois State University.


Here are some questions that may help know Mrs. Russell’s fun side:


What were you like in high school?

Russell: I was a four year three sport athlete. I played volleyball for four years, fours years of basketball, three years of softball, and one year of soccer.


How many square feet of pizza would you say you’ve eaten this year?

Russell: This is embarrassing. About 50 square feet and going.


What is your favorite ‘90s jam?

Russell: That’s a really hard question for a song. The Presidents of the United States of America, Dave Matthews band, and Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch were some of my favorite bands.


What would you be if you were a new box of crayons?

Russell: A light blue color like cerulean.


What is the most dangerous thing you’ve done?

Russell: I’m a pretty cautious person. I wanted to skydive, but I don’t know if I would actually follow through. Maybe parasailing.