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Freshman Center Administrator


Phone: 256.233.6613


Degrees and Certifications:

Ed.S Instructional Leadership, University of West Alabama
M.S. Administration, University of North Alabama
B.S. Elementary Education, Auburn University
Dyslexia Training Certification, Dyslexia Training Institute, California
University of Alabama Superintendent Academy, Cohort 2017

Mrs. Gia Russell

My name is Gia Russell, and I am the principal of the  Freshman Center  and an AHS Administrator. I am a proud product of Athens City Schools (Class of 1992). I have over twenty years experience in education with Athens City Schools.  My administrative experience began in 2003 and I absolutely love my job!  I work with an amazing faculty to improve student achievement. My passion is creating positive experiences with teachers and students to maximize student success. I am very excited for the new year and look forward to providing college and career opportunities to improve student achievement. I love Athens High School and work to ensure success, both athletically and academically. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the Freshman Center.