Title: Special Education Teacher
Company: Paramus Board of Education
Location: Ridgewood, New Jersey, United States
Carol Russell, Special Education Teacher with the Paramus Board of Education, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Special Education.
With more than 50 years of professional experience, Ms. Russell has worked as a special education educator with the Paramus Board of Education since 1964. In addition to her primary role, she was a chaplain with the Hackensack University Medical Center from 1997 to 2015.
Ms. Russell began her career as a student at Glassboro State College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in general education in 1964. Initially intending to pursue a career in the arts, she was encouraged to sign up for a special education class by her mentor, Arnold Sackmary, while pursuing graduate studies at William Paterson State College. He redirected her, nurturing Ms. Russell’s natural talent for meeting the needs of children. She completed a Master of Arts in special education with the school in 1968. She later returned to her studies, earning a Master of Education as a teacher of the handicapped and a Master of Education as a learning disabilities teacher consultant in 1981. In 2003, she earned a Master of Arts in theology from the College of St. Elizabeth.
Ms. Russell is certified in K-8 general education in the state of New Jersey, as a White Light Reiki Master, and as a Chaplain by the Clinical Pastoral Supervisory College. She is a member of the National Education Association, the Lay Carmelites, the ACPE Association of Chaplains, the New Jersey Education Association, and the Education Association of Paramus.
Ms. Russell credits her success to the support of her family, including her parents, brother, and husband. An active member of her community, she has volunteered her time and efforts with several organizations, including as a parish worker at the Annunciation Church St. Cecelia’s Shelter, and as a member of the Mayor’s Advocacy Council on the Handicapped. She found a passion for helping the needy with her husband, with whom she would travel into New York City for more than 30 years with food and clothing for the less fortunate.
Ms. Russell is particularly proud of her work in getting students involved in collecting coats and food for the needy, and helping to raise money for shelters for humans and animals. The children were rewarded by being allowed to collect river rocks, which had inspirational words on them and were placed in their lockers as a surprise for the fourth grade students.
Throughout her career, Ms. Russell has been recognized for her contributions, including as the first recipient of the Governor’s Teacher Award in 1980. She received a Staff Academic Scholarship Award from the Hackensack Medical and Dental Scholarship Committee, and she has received numerous school innovative school projects grants from the Paramus Chamber of Commerce. In her free time, Ms. Russell enjoys reading, dancing, oil painting, making birdhouses, and watching movies.
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