New Teacher Profile: Mrs. Russo

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Priscilla Senger, staff writer

Mrs. Russo is one of New Providence High School’s new teachers. Born and raised in the Bronx, Mrs. Russo graduated from Fordham University and got her Masters at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been teaching for over twenty years, and she now teaches American Literature and AP Language and Composition at NPHS.

“I believe that my job is to challenge and inspire students, to push the boundaries of their knowledge and capabilities and to find the best within themselves,” Mrs. Russo said.

Students in her class should be prepared for the coursework. When it comes to her work, Mrs. Russo takes it quite seriously; students have to be committed and ready to work diligently.

 “I prepare my students by making them work hard. I set high expectations for my students, and I have full faith that they can meet those expectations,” Mrs. Russo said. “I will work with each student until he or she meets these expectations. I do my best to prepare them so that they can be successful independently.” 

Mrs Russo believes that her job is to challenge and inspire students, to push the boundaries of their knowledge and capabilities and to find the best within themselves. 

“I want students to walk away with a skill set, knowledge based, understanding of literature that can serve them at anything they do,” She said. “They will use these skills whatever they do academically. It is essential to understand any form of writing and that goes across disciplines.”

Mrs. Russo thinks that the most rewarding part of her career is watching her students progress and succeed, while the most difficult part is getting students to buy in or jump onto what she is doing without reservation.

“I think New Providence is a lovely school. My fellow teachers here are very professional and capable, and the students work very hard. I’m enjoying my time here thus far,” Mrs Russo said.

When not teaching, Mrs Russo is spending time with her family and seeing the world. One of her great loves is travelling; she has traveled to four continents, and has worked and studied in other countries. She thinks “the world is a fascinating place” and loves to explore what it has to offer.