Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Music Education-Wartburg College (2002) Master of Music-UNI (2007) Kodaly Level 1 Certification-Drake University (2011) Kodaly Level 2 Certification-Drake University (2015) Kodaly Mastery Certificate-Drake University (2017)
General Music K-5
Welcome! My name is Holly Russell. This is my second year at Ashland Ridge Elementary School. I began my career 17 years ago teaching High School Vocal Music in Monticello, Iowa. After two years, I moved to teach kindergarten-8th grade vocal music at St. Pius X School in Urbandale, Iowa. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to focus my energy on the kindergarten through 5th grade students at Ashland Ridge Elementary.
I have dedicated my career to music education. I earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Wartburg College in 2002, a Master of Music degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 2007, and have 3 levels of Kodaly certification from Drake University.
In my free time I enjoy biking, hiking, kickboxing, camping, playing and listening to music of all styles. I have played the piano since I was 5 years old, play flute & guitar, as well as sing. My family and I currently reside in Urbandale. My husband is an English teacher at Centennial High School. We have two daughters, Annabelle & Amelia.
I know all people are innately musical. It is a passion of mine to help others explore their own personal creativity through music, while developing a life-long learning attitude, discovering how to work and play with others, and explore the beautiful sounds all around us in the music classroom.
Please feel free to contact me at any time. Email is the best way to contact me, but feel free to call from 7:30-8:30 a.m. or 3:00-3:30 p.m.