John Russell is a Senior Education Researcher at MƒA. In this role, John is instrumental in supporting research-practice partnerships that bolster MƒA’s efforts to encourage its model nationally.
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, NAGT's Outstanding Earth Science Teacher award for the Eastern Section, and has been nominated for ASTE’s award for science teacher education. John has long been involved with providing learning opportunities for teachers, working with Teach For America, Relay Graduate School, and the American Museum of Natural History on programming for preservice and master teachers. He is on the adjunct faculty at the American Museum of Natural History, and reviews curriculum for NSTA.
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. In his free time, John can be found kayaking on the Hudson River.