Russell, Joy

Joy Russell
Subject: Science
Grade: 6th
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 Dear Parents, Guardians, and STUDENTS!!
It is very exciting to be starting a new school year at Rainbow Middle. I have been teaching at Rainbow Middle since the 2000 - 2001 school year. I taught many years in the content area of Math, but since 2012 I have been teaching 6th grade Science. I have had the pleasure of having 6th grade students all of my years here at RMS !
I am native to Alabama but I also claim to be a Kansan! I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, but during middle school my family moved to Kansas. I completed middle school and high school in Kansas, then attended Kansas State University. Go WILDCATS!! I love the Midwest and still travel back to visit on occasion.
While attending Kansas State University, I completed my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education, with a concentration area of general science. Later, I completed my Masters Degree in Collaborative Teaching and Learning Disabilities at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I am a Highly Qualified teacher in Elementary Education. During the summers of 2013 and 2014 I completed AMSTI training for 6th grade science. I continue to pursue additional training in general science every year.
I have lived in Gadsden with my husband, Jason, since 1998. We have two fabulous boys, Grayson and Jonathan. I enjoy time at home with family, gardening, photography, bible study, travel, and watching my boys compete in Cross Country and Track with Southside High School.  All year, we enjoy watching sports on TV. 
I love teaching 6th grade and I am glad to be sharing this year with you. I will be working my hardest to provide a great caring and supportive learning environment. I have very high expectations for my students and can't wait to see them succeed!
Joy Russell