A native of Los Angeles, Russell had his first language experience learning Spanish at his Culver City elementary school. His experience learning a second language came in handy when he began teaching ESL, first in Los Angeles and later in Bucheon, South Korea. He has single-subject teaching credentials in both social studies and English, including authorization to teach English Learners. Over the last decade he has taught both English and Spanish, at public and private schools, abroad and in the United States. Having taught abroad himself he knows first-hand both the challenges and rewards of teaching abroad and loves sharing his experiences with others.