John Russell is a Program Officer at MƒA. In this role, John is instrumental in fellowship engagement and in the organization and development of science-focused professional programming for MƒA teachers
Prior to MƒA, John taught science for ten years in New York City, primarily at Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science, and Engineering. He most recently taught middle school Earth Science, as well as College Geology to 12th graders, through SUNY's Earth Science Outreach Program. He is the recipient of AGI's Ed Roy, Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching and NAGT's Outstanding Earth Science Teacher award for the Eastern Section. John has long been involved with the development of teachers, working with Teach For America, Relay Graduate School, and the American Museum of Natural History on programming for novice and master teachers.
John earned his B.S. in Earth and Planetary Sciences with a minor in Physics at Washington University in St. Louis, his M.S. in Science Education from Pace University, and his Ed.D. in Science Education from Teachers College at Columbia University, where his dissertation focused on the work of teacher leaders in facilitating professional learning communities.