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Ms. Amy Russ, Principal

Hello, Tiger Families! I have heard many, many great things about you and cannot wait to have an opportunity to become acquainted with you and to meet you in person. It is an honor to serve you as your new Principal at West Cypress Hills Elementary.

Please rest assured that Mrs. Beninga and I are working together to ensure a smooth transition as I assume responsibility for West Cypress Hills Elementary. She's lovely, and I know that you will miss her now that she's moving to Bee Cave Middle School. However, I am certain that this upcoming school year will be the best with the help of our fabulous WCHE PTO, the excellent WCHE faculty, and the support of our wonderful community partners.

I have over twenty years of experience in Education and, before moving to the Lake Travis Independent School District, I had the privilege of holding district- and campus-level leadership roles in the Canyon, Austin, and Hays school districts. I am coming to you from my last leadership position where I was Assistant Principal at the Tobias Elementary School in the Hays School District. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies-Mathematics and a Master of Education in Administration/Educational Leadership from West Texas A & M University.

A bit about me personally...I am a proud mother of two amazing daughters, Madison has a master's in architecture and is here locally in Austin working as a UX designer for a start-up tech company. Chelsey and her husband Derek live in Connecticut, she is an OBGYN physician. In my spare time, I love hanging out laughing with my family on Lake Austin, on the Texas Coast, or planning my next trip up to the tiny coastline of Connecticut.

I am very excited about meeting all of you and look forward to welcoming you back to school soon.