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Jeff Russell Named District’s Fourth Area Superintendent

Mr. Jeff Russell, principal of Decatur High School who was originally hired as the director of student and campus support services, has been named Denton Independent School District’s fourth area superintendent of academic programs. 


Area superintendents supervise vertical zones/feeder patterns and with the opening of Braswell High School in 2016, an additional position is warranted. The director of student and campus support services works hand-in-hand with the area superintendents to provide assistance with attendance, discipline and other academic responsibilities.


“This position has been planned for many years as we’ve established true feeder patterns for each area of our district,” said Dr. Richard Valenta, deputy superintendent. “Mr. Russell brings a wealth of experience in collaborative learning and technology implementation to our organization and we look forward to his leadership and mentorship of principals.”


Mr. Russell brings 15 years of service as a campus principal to the district. As the current leader of Decatur High School, a Class 4A campus of 875 students in Wise County, he has a reputation for being collaborative and highly involved in the community.


In 2003, Mr. Russell moved to Birdville ISD where he served as principal of Smithfield Middle School for eight years and then Haltom Middle school for three.


“The opportunity to move to Denton and help mentor other school leaders was an opportunity to great for me to pass up,” said Mr. Russell. “The impact my mentors have had on me and my life has 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 Birdville High School.


Following 10 years of active service in the U.S. Marine Corps, Mr. Russell earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in Arlington and master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University. He will complete his doctoral studies at Dallas Baptist University in May.


Mr. Russell and his wife Donna, an educator of 20 years, reside in Corinth. They have two sons, one in college and the other entering high school in the fall.