Mrs. Helena Russell

Helena RussellMrs. Helena Russell
Curriculum Coordinator; Art teacher
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Mrs. Helena Russell obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education/Art Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University.  She has been teaching art at Saint Peter the Apostle Catholic School for 18 years; she has been the Curriculum Director for four years.  Mrs. Russell sits on the SACS Implementation Team and the Ace Collaborative Team for the Social Studies curriculum both for the Diocese of Savannah
Mrs. Russell uses a Discipline Based Art Education approach in teaching art. This approach emphasizes the elements and principles of design through art criticism, art history, art production, and aesthetics.
She is married to Steve Russell and they have aa 13-year-old daughter Maddie and 7-year-old son Noah.  Mrs. Russell loves the beach, reading, movies, music, photography and painting. And, for the record, she is a HUGE Elvis fan!

art 560Helena Russell said, “I want our students to learn that art is not always just about making something. I want the students to come away from my program with an appreciation for the arts.   Art came into my life fairly late in my educational career. I did not have art class in elementary and middle school. I took my first art class in high school at Saint Vincent’s Academy. I realized then that I had some artistic talent. I fell in love with art in High School.  It wasn’t until I took an Art History class at Armstrong, that I realized I wanted to pursue Art as a career. I loved working with children, too. A career in Art education was a way for me to foster my love for art and children at the same time.  I want to give my students the opportunity to learn about art that I did not have. There are students that struggle academically, but excel in art. Art can be an outlet for these students. It gives them an opportunity to shine and boosts self confidence in the process.”