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Tyra Russell

Tyra Russell

Shepherd Elementary School

Tyra Russell is the Interim Principal for Shepherd Elementary School. In 2016, Ms. Russell moved to DC to accept the Assistant Principal position at Savoy Elementary School within DCPS. During her time there, she had the opportunity to work closely with the principal on responsibilities including balancing the school budget, recruiting, and maintaining talent, coaching regarding English Language Arts (ELA) and Math curriculum, and providing teachers with productive observations and feedback to continue student success at Savoy.

Ms. Russell began her teaching career in 2007 working with beginning readers and early childhood education students. In 2009, she began teaching at The Academy Charter School in New York as a founding kindergarten teacher. While there, she became a lead teacher and assisted with coaching other kindergarten teachers about assessments and best practices. Ms. Russell eventually moved into a role as a third-grade teacher and was tasked with preparing students for their assessments. While there, she was also part of a team that helped the grade grow from 23% proficient to 57% proficient. In addition, she took on a coaching position where she coached grades K-7 in ELA Modeling best practices and planning for ELA.

Ms. Russell received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Saint Peter’s University. She also holds a master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Hofstra University and a master's in School Building, Leadership, and Administration from Mercy College. In addition, she holds a literacy certification for Birth through 6th grade from Queen’s College.

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