Mrs. Andrea Russell



 865-457-4716 extension 602                       

In 1998, I received my Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at the University of Tennessee where I graduated cum laude.  The following year, I completed my Master of Science after completing a year internship at South-Doyle High School in Knox County.  I came to Anderson County High School in August, 1999, under the leadership of Dr. Bob McCracken.  My first job at ACHS was as a math teacher, cross-country coach, and assistant track coach.  I always loved the classroom and teaching.   A coworker encouraged me to go back to school and get my Educational Specialist Degree in administration.  I had no real intentions at the time of getting into administration, I was really after the pay increase that went with my new degree.  However, several years down the road, an opening presented itself at ACHS.  I knew I never wanted to leave Anderson County High School; also, that these chances didn't come around very often.  I applied for a curriculum coordinator position, then later for an assistant principal position.  Greg Deal gave me my first opportunity for leadership in 2006.  I learned so much from my mentors Loy Ball, Peggy Stooksbury, and Greg Deal.  Although I was happy in my assistant position, Mr. Deal made a move to Instructional Supervisor in our Central Office.  I became the principal during the summer of 2011 and spent the first year trying to keep my head above water.  I am very fortunate to have the Fantastic Four Administrative Team of Ben Downs, Travis Freeman, Jeni Irwin, and Gary Terry to help me along the way.  I have undoubtedly the best teaching and support staff of any school and feel very lucky to consider myself a part of the herd!