Paula Russell



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Paula Russell

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 highly qualified educator.  This will be my eleventh year in education and my eigth 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 years.  We have three sons; Josh is 32, David is 27 and is married to Kala, and Scott is 23 years old.  We, like all parents, are very proud of our children!

I look forward to working with your child and you this year at W. L. Swain, “Where Learning Shapes Extraordinary Students”.  During this school year I will strive to create a learning community that is positive and friendly. 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 I cannot accomplish this on my 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.  If you would like to meet with me please remember to schedule a conference, so that we may talk without interruption.  I look forward to working with you and your child this year.   Together, we can guide your child to become the best student and person he or she can be.