Kayla Russell Staff Photo
Subjects Taught
4th grade


I graduated from Mattanawcook Academy in June of 2005.  Go Lynx!!! From there, I decided too persue a career in Elementary Education.  I attended the University of Maine at Farmington.  Go Beavers!  In 2009 I graduated with high honors with a B.S. in Elementary Education with a concentration in Mathematics.

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Northwoods 4th grade 2016-17

I appreciate ALL support that we receive from the parents when possible. If we need assistance for field trips or school activities and volunteering, this is our new convenient sign-up page!

If you have not been fingerprinted by the county office, you are free to do so on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month, between 8:30-9:30am. Please make sure to fill out the volunteer form, have it signed by Dr. Pylant, and have it with you when you arrive for fingerprinting. Although fingerprinting is not required to accompany your child, you will need to have it completed before you can chaperone any other children.

When parent volunteers are needed you will receive an email, dojo message, remind text or note from us then, the rest is as simple as knowing your email address!!!!!

Thanks again for all that you are willing to do :) 



I have taught in 4 cities; each one holding its own entity with my growth as a teacher.  I started off teaching in Maine, I student taught in 2 settings.  I taught 4th grade at Winthrop Grade School in Winthrop, Maine.  I then moved to 8th grade and I taught Algebra and Pre algebra to 8th graders.  This took place at Winthrop Middle School, in Winthrop, Maine.

I then moved to North Carolina and started teaching 5th grade at Cumberland Mills Elementary in Fayetteville, NC.  I taught general education to many young bright minds. 

Due to being part of a military family, I moved from NC to Louisiana.  I began teaching in New Orleans, LA.  I taught first, 5th grade for a year, and then moved down to 4th grade for the past two years. 

The past 2 years, I have had the luxury of teaching here at Northwoods Elementary (4th grade).  I moved here from New Orleans, culture shock from area to area. 

Every year is a new year, and teaching becomes more and more my passion.


My name is Ms. Kayla Russell.   

I have moved several times, due to being in a military family, but I grew up in Maine.  Yes, it is the most Northeast state in the United States. After growing up in a small town, I decided that I wanted to work with children, so they could get the best education, so they can do whatever they choose to in life.  I began volunteering at the local Elementary school with my old kindergarten teacher.  After those 3 years, I knew I didn't want to teach kindergarten, but I still wanted to teach.  I decided to go to the University of Maine at Farmington. 

After graduating I decided to move to North Carolina for a job in Fayetteville. In those few years I had my son.  He is the love of my life. My son is 3 1/2 years old and has a birthday in July.  He is the most important thing to me.

After his birth I moved to New Orleans and enjoyed many of the cultural differences that unique New Orleans has.  This included trying alligator, going to swamp tours, second line parades, Mardi gras, Beignets, the French Quarter and all of the local shops, that had French flair.


Three Years later, I am here teaching these bright minds in Jacksonville, NC- I have been here for the last 3 years.


I love chocolate, water, sock monkeys, cookies, fruit (berries, apples, kiwi, grapes, ect), the beach, amusement parks, getting my nails done, Massage Envy, musicals, going to the movies, and most of all- spending time with my family.

I do not like bugs, spiders, snakes, negative attitudes or pie.



Dejavon and I at Myrtle Beach!  Family time reading library books.    Joe and I at soccer practice!    Joe and mommy being silly!    I was born and raised in Maine!