Mr. Jeff Russell, Area Superintendent
Mr. Jeff Russell, area superintendent of academic programs, leads the Braswell High School attendance zone that includes the continuum of PreK-12 education on eight campuses. Prior to this position, he served as the Director of Student and Campus Support Services in Denton ISD.
Mr. Russell lead Decatur High School as principal for four years, and the campus earned seven out of seven distinctions under the Texas Education Agency accountability system.
“Mr. Russell brings a vast amount of experience in administrative leadership that will benefit our campuses immediately,” said Dr. Richard Valenta, deputy superintendent. “As a former principal, he understands what helps schools operate effectively, what students need to be engaged in the classroom and what keeps parents connected to their students, teachers and educational community.”
Mr. Russell brings 15 years of service as a campus principal to the district. In 1998, Mr. Russell moved to Birdville ISD where he served as principal of Smithfield Middle School for eight years, followed by three years at Haltom Middle School before taking the helm at Decatur High School. Each campus Mr. Russell led showed gains in academic achievement to the highest levels in the state and increased community engagement levels.
“While I enjoyed my time in Decatur and as a campus principal, the opportunity to move to Denton and help mentor other school leaders was an opportunity too great for me to pass up,” said Mr. Russell. “The impact my mentors have had on me and on my life have been immeasurable, and I’m passionate about returning the favor.”
He began his teaching career in special education in Lewisville ISD and Birdville ISD. He then moved to an administrative role as an assistant principal at Smithfield Middle School and later Birdville High School. He has 19 years of administrative experience.
Following 10 years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps, Mr. Russell earned his bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Arlington and master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University. He will complete his doctoral studies at Dallas Baptist University in December.
He and his wife Donna, an educator of 20 years, reside in Corinth. She teaches English at Denton High School. They are raising two sons, Jake, a college sophomore and Luke, a freshman at Denton High.
“Denton ISD is a great combination of progressive ideas, diversity and community values,” said Mr. Russell. “You just cannot beat that combination professionally and for your family.”