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Russ Upton

EIP Reading Teacher

 Westside Elementary

Planning Time: 2:00-2:55

Room 157




    Hi, let me introduce myself.  I am 53 years old and have always lived here in Polk County.   I am a product of the Polk County School System and attended Polk County Schools grades 1-12.  I graduated from Rockmart High School in 1982.  It is hard to believe that I am starting my 30th  year of teaching.  Fifteen of those years I taught in the Gordon County Schools System.  The first five years I taught at Red Bud School, and the next 10 years I taught at Sonoraville East Middle School.  I came to Polk County Schools in 2002 and taught at Goodyear for 5 years and I am starting my 10th year at Westside.  I have taught in every grade except K, and 12th at sometime during my 30 years of teaching.

    I hold a Bachelors degree, Masters degree,and a Specalist of Education degree from the University of West Georgia.  I am certified to teach in elementary school, middle school, and social studies in high school.  I also hold certifications in gifted education and in administration.

   I am married to Wendi Upton and we have no children.  However, we do share our home with two dogs, Gus a Miniature Schnauzer, and Max a Yorkie mix.

   I am looking forward to getting to to know you in the coming year.  Please, feel free to contact me if there is anything that I can do.



     I believe that all the students that I teach are individuals with their own educational needs.  Especially in my role as an EIP teacher I believe that it is my responsibility to determine their needs and tailor my instruction to meet those needs.  As an educator I realize that children have only one school experience, and what happens here will greatly shape their future.  I keep this in mind as I work with the teachers and parents to help the students have the best educational experience possible.




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