Degrees and Certifications:

Paula Russell

July 30, 2019

Welcome to W. L. Swain Elementary School!  My name is Paula Russell, I am the Literacy Specialist.  I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.  I earned my Bachelor’s Degree, graduating with Cum Laude honors, from Mercer University in 2003.  I then went on to earn my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Mercer University in 2010 and a Reading Endorsement from Northwest Georgia RESA in 2017.  I am a professionally qualified educator for children in grades K-5.  This will be my twelfth year in education and my ninth year with Gordon County Schools.  I previously taught for three years with Griffin-Spalding County Schools. 

My husband, Mike, and I have been married for twenty-one years.  We have three sons; Josh is 33, David is 28 and is married to Kala, and Scott is 24 years old.  We, like all parents, are very proud of our children.

As the Literacy Specialist at W. L. Swain I work with teachers to provide targeted reading and writing instruction. We strive to meet students where they are so that they can grow to meet their full potential.  It is important to me that everyone feels confident of their abilities and comes to school prepared and excited about the new learning opportunities they will experience each day.  However, I realize that we cannot accomplish this on our own.  Your involvement in your child’s education is KEY to his or her academic success.   Therefore, please feel free to contact me if you have questions or concerns about your child’s reading or writing development.  You may send me a note, email me at, or call me at 706-629-0141.  I will respond as soon as possible. I look forward to seeing the growth your child will achieve this year at W. L. Swain, “Where Learning Shapes Extraordinary Students”.  


Paula J. Russell