Ms. Jill Russ

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Ms. Russ is certified by the State of Florida to teach: Elementary Education, PreKindergarten/Primary Education, General Science, English for Speakers of Other Languages

Ms. Russ is also Gifted Endorsed

Ms. Russ holds National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist (MCGen)

Mrs. Russ earned a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree from the University of Florida, and a Master of Education degree in Education Leadership from the University of West Florida. She also holds an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Troy University.  



Mrs. Russ has been teaching in the Okaloosa School District since 2001. Prior to joining the STEMM Academy faculty in 2020, she taught both third and fifth grade at Cherokee Elementary and Plew Elementary schools.  

In 2003, Mrs. Russ attained certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as a Middle Childhood Generalist (MCGen). While state certification programs set standards for beginning teachers, NBPTS certification is a demonstration of an experienced teacher’s practice as measured against high and rigorous standards. 


In addition to her teaching duties, Mrs. Russ also acts as the Academy’s STEMM Outreach Coordinator, serves as the school’s Staff Development Coordinator, and maintains the school’s Facebook page. She is also a mentor Digital Educator, a certified Apple Teacher, and  Google Certified Educator Level 2.

Along with her fabulous husband, Mrs. Russ has two wonderful sons, one very old cat, and one friendly white dog in her family. 

In her free time, Mrs. Russ enjoys reading and listening to music. She really loves chocolate--especially Snickers, Milky Way, and chocolate-covered caramels. 



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