​Jennifer Russell, Ed.D

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Education

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Russell and her family have been in North Carolina for 11 years. She has dedicated her life to teaching for the past 30 years. Dr. Russell began her career as an elementary school teacher in Chicago Public Schools, and had transitioned to preparing teachers prior to moving to North Carolina. Preparing teachers for a career in education is her true passion. When she is not working she is enjoying time in Clayton with her husband, sons, two dogs, two cats, and one horse. In her free time she enjoys kayaking with her friends or spending time traveling with her husband.


  • BA Elementary Education, Saint Xavier College
  • MA Teaching and Leadership, Saint Xavier College
  • Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction, Aurora University