It’s hard to believe we have already reached the month of November. This is a busy time for many of us, but it’s also a time for us to reflect and give thanks. There is much to be thankful for, and I want to spend some time thanking the people who make Volusia County Schools a wonderful place.

First, I want to say thank you to our teachers and instructional staff. You are the heart of our organization. I am thankful for your passion and your commitment to the academic and emotional success of our students. Each one of us can point to at least one teacher who laid the foundation of where we are today. We could not do it without you, and for that we say thank you.

Students, thank you for always bringing your best each day to the classroom. We appreciate your willingness to come in, work hard and be the best students in the state of Florida. In an environment that is ever changing, you continue to be committed to your work and achieve extraordinary things, in and out of the classroom.

James T. Russell, Superintendent of Volusia Schools

Thank you to our administrators, who lead our schools and staff successfully each day. Your vision and passion for education has us moving in the right direction as a district. I am thankful that you are willing to put so many others before yourselves to help our students and teachers give their best each day.

Thank you to our support staff for your incredibly hard work to keep our offices and schools running smoothly and efficiently. From the smallest of details to the biggest projects, you handle them professionally and with delicate care. Often, you are the first impression that our communities have with our schools, and your friendliness and welcoming attitude are appreciated by all.

Thank you to our district staff, for working to keep our operation running every day. Each department holds an important role for Volusia County Schools, and each is vital to the success of this organization. I appreciate how hard you work to support our schools, our students and our teachers. Your behind-the-scenes work does not go unnoticed, and I appreciate how you approach your jobs each day.

      Lastly, but certainly not least, I would like to say thank you to our parents and families. Your involvement in your child’s education is crucial to their achievement. Your dedication to helping your child be their very best helps us in the work that we do. Thank you for supporting teachers, staying involved in our schools and being an advocate for your child.

As the proud Superintendent of Volusia County Schools, I have much to be thankful for each day. As we approach the holiday, I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!



James T. Russell, Superintendent