The Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) named Dr. Alissa Russell the Teacher of the Year at the 2016 Texas Charter Schools Conference. Dr. Russell received recognition and her award at a luncheon with Governor Greg Abbott and Deputy Commissioner AJ Crabill.

The Teacher of the Year award recognizes charter educators that advocate for charters at the local level, are innovative in their approaches to educating all students, and serve as a leader on their campus and within their communities.

Dr. Russell is an educator at the Life School Oak Cliff campus and has 13 years of teaching experience who inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn. She uses Socratic Seminar, differentiated group modeling, and peer partnership grouping as innovative instructional practices in her mathematics classroom. She works to ensure each student in her classroom receives a customized instructional approach based on his or her individual needs. Dr. Russell is the secondary mathematics department head and works as an instructional coach for her peers to maximize instructional effectiveness. Additionally, she is a committed volunteer within her community.

TCSA thanks Dr. Russell for her service and strong commitment to the students of Texas!