Victoria Russell received her BA in history at Loyola University-New Orleans and masters' degrees in history and curriculum and instruction at the College of William and Mary. She taught as a special educator in Montgomery and Howard counties (MD) from 1996-2000. In 2005, she earned her Ed.D. from George Washington University in special education, where she focused on teacher development and led a national research project examining mentoring in the National Board Certification process. She served as social studies curriculum coordinator for a virtual school and from 2007-2009 directed the graduate special education program at McDaniel College. In Fall 2009, she joined Towson University's department of Elementary Education. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and concentrates her research in teacher development and assessment.