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Mr. John Russell

My name is John Russell, and I am excited to be returning for 2nd year to Rosa Lee Carter Elementary full-time.

With 16 years of teaching, I have taught in Loudoun County for over 12 years at Horizon and as an itinerant teacher at Emerick, Rolling Ridge, and Steuart Weller Elementary Schools. 

I earned my Bachelor's degree in Music Education PreK-12 and Master's of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Shepherd University. I have completed World Drumming Levels I and II and love drumming up the fun. Not only am I a teacher, but I am also a member of the 249th Army Band, West Virginia National Guard. I am the First Sergeant. I play the French horn (a brass instrument) and perform administrative duties. I have over 23 years of military service and am still serving in the band.  

I enjoy spending time with my wife, daughter, son, and four cats. During my downtime, I enjoy working on home projects, working out, running, and mountain biking whenever possible. 

I look forward to working with all the RLC students and staff and sharing my passion for music!

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Last Modified on June 8, 2023