Meridith Wages

Principal's Welcome:

Welcome DogPack Community!

I am overwhelmed with joy to serve as the principal here at Russell Middle School. This school year marks my fifteenth year of service in education. My career began at Yargo Elementary where I was in the role of a classroom teacher. I then transitioned to the Bethlehem Elementary community where I served as the instructional coach for three years and the assistant principal for five years. Last year, I transitioned to the middle school level where I worked alongside the wonderful staff, students, and community of Russell Middle School in the assistant principal role. All experiences have afforded me the opportunity to collaborate with exceptional students, families, staff, and the community of the Barrow County School System.

As a proud graduate of Barrow County Schools, I am ecstatic to continue to work with the students, parents, staff, and community of Barrow County. These middle school years are full of opportunity and change. Therefore, we commit to work to provide the most meaningful academic, social, and life-long learning experiences for your children. We are a Role Model School with a Role Model Staff and Role Model Students.

I look forward to getting to know you and want to support you in any way I can. I am eager to witness your children grow, succeed, and connect with the RMS family throughout these years in middle school. I am a firm believer in KIDS and will strive to make decisions based on every child’s best interest. Let’s team up together to make this the best year yet!

GO DogPack!

Assistant Principal
Terri Seeley

Assistant Principal's Welcome:

It is with great excitement that I welcome students and parents to our 19-20 school year here at RMS. As a school, we have faced challenges every year and we will continue to do so, meeting those challenges with a firm belief in our students to be the best Role Model Students that they can be. As I begin my 30th year as a member of the Dogpack, I look forward to continuing in the classroom, working with our 8th grade Honors Algebra students. Families, continue to be Barrow Bold, involving yourselves in your student’s education. Contact the teachers of your student, question your student about what they did and ask for details about what they talked about in class that day. We have several innovative teaching practices occurring daily throughout our building. At RMS, we are Boldly Committed to Student Success and want all our parent, guardians and students to be part of that commitment.

Matt Sorrells

Assistant Principal
Matt Sorrells

Assistant Principal's Welcome:

I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to begin my first administrative job here at Russell Middle School.  As a product of the Barrow County School System (Statham Elementary, Winder-Barrow Middle, and Winder-Barrow High), I know that what we have to offer as a school system and community can change kids’ lives…it changed mine!  After 16 years in the classroom with 13 of those being in Barrow County before going to Grayson High School for a year and most recently Oconee County High School the past two years, I am excited for the challenge to bring those experiences to my new role.

My whole family is ingrained in the Barrow County School System.  My wife of 16 years is starting her 17th year at Kennedy Elementary School, and my 7-year old daughter Bridget will be in 2nd grade at KES.  My 12-year old son, Caden, will be in the 7th grade at Westside Middle School.  We are all glad that this opportunity has allowed us to get back on the same school calendar, as one of our favorite things to do is spend time together and take short trips whenever we can.

Again, I am excited to get started at RMS and hope to be able to continue to grow our school culture through building relationships with the students, staff, families, and community.  We are continuing to build Role Model Students and a Role Model Staff, that will combine to build a Role Model School.  If you need to contact me, please don’t hesitate to either call the school, 770-867-8181, or email me at


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