Dr. Jeff Russell, Area Superintendent
Dr. 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. With more than 20 years of experience as an educator, he served as the Director of Student and Campus Support Services in Denton ISD.
Dr. 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. His expertise coaching educators and staff to achieve instructional excellence, specifically targeting underserved populations, distinguishes him among his peers.
Dr. Russell brings 15 years of service as a campus principal to the district. In 1998, Dr. 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 Dr. 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 Dr. 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 more than 19 years of administrative experience.
Following 10 years of service (both active and reserve duty) in the U.S. Marine Corps, Dr. Russell earned his bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Arlington and master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University. He completed his doctoral studies at Dallas Baptist University in August 2019.
He and his wife Donna, an educator of more than 20 years, reside in Corinth. She teaches English at Denton High School. They are raising two sons, Jake, a college junior at UNT and Luke, a student at Denton High.
“Denton ISD is a great combination of progressive ideas, diversity and community values,” said Dr. Russell. “You just cannot beat that combination professionally and for your family.”