DISTINGUISHED LEADER IN EDUCATION 2019
Dr. John J. Russell
Executive Director, The Windward Institute
Dr. John J. Russell, Executive Director, The Windward Institute
On July 1, Dr. John J. Russell embarks on an exciting endeavor as the founding Executive Director of The Windward Institute. The Institute is one of New York’s premier providers of professional development courses exclusively based on scientifically validated research in areas such as speech and language therapy and psychology. The Institute also holds outreach programs for parents of children who learn differently.
For the past 13 years, Dr. Russell has served as the Head of Windward School in White Plains and Manhattan. During that time, Windward has become one of the top schools in the U.S. for students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities and has provided training and guidance to cadres of teachers worldwide.
Before taking over the helm at Windward, Dr. Russell held leadership and teaching positions in school districts in Westchester County, New York and Fairfield County, Connecticut. He served for 11 years as Superintendent of Schools in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
Jay earned his doctoral degree in Educational Administration at Fordham University and an M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut. He also has a Masters degree in Oceanography from New York University and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Administration from Fairfield University. Dr. Russell received his Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College where he majored in Biology. His research interests include language-based learning disabilities, direct instruction, and organizational theory. #