Staff Spotlight: Holly Russell

I am absolutely thrilled to be a teacher at the brand new Academy at Elkin as it creates a path for unforgettable learning opportunities for students in our community!

Holly Russell, originally from Hamptonville, North Carolina, earned a B.S. in elementary education and an M.A. in elementary education from Appalachian State University in 2003 and 2007 respectively. Russell currently serves as a fourth-grade teacher at the Academy at Elkin. Read on to learn more:

Why did you choose to work at the Academy at Elkin?

I choose to work at the Academy at Elkin because it is an amazing opportunity to learn and grow as an educator and have the partnership with App State to teach and assist our students! I am so excited for our students to have life-changing experiences at the school!

What's your favorite part about working at the Academy at Elkin?

Everyone here is SO amazing at what they do! Everyone feels included and supported. We are building a wonderful family!

How are you impacting education in your community?

I love supporting students as they learn and grow in their knowledge of all things. Here at the Academy at Elkin, we want to inspire our students with hands-on opportunities and community experiences, as well as university partnerships to promote positive futures!

What was your favorite subject when you were in elementary school?


The Academy at Elkin has a reading literacy focus. What is your favorite book?

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

“Learning together” is a core commitment of the Academy at Elkin. What does "learning together" mean to you? 

We had the opportunity to "learn together" with the RootEd team, an educational group that provides professional development for Elkin teachers on building project based learning opportunities, just a couple weeks ago. We explored our local hiking trail system and discussed ways to put learning into action on the trail for our students. We are excited to have our students begin their hike into learning!

Just for fun, what is your favorite candy?


Published: Jan 17, 2023 3:17pm