The English departments for grades 5-8 will all be implementing a new English curriculum, starting in the 2017-2018 school year. This curriculum focuses on student engagement through reading, writing, and research. Our new English curriculum uses the "Understanding by Design" unit design, to ensure that teachers are leading students towards a specific, rigorous, relevant learning goal in every lesson and throughout the year. In fifth grade, students will read a variety of texts to support specific genres of writing, which include: narrative, informative/explanatory, persuasive/argumentative, and literary analysis.



Anna Adams

I have been teaching 5th grade English for three years now. I love teaching 5th grade and I love our school! In my free time, I love to read, shop at Target and TJ Maxx, and play with my dog, Leo.


Rebecca Wiedmaier

   My name is Rebecca Wiedmaier, and I will be teaching literacy here at RIS! This will be my first year in the district, and my 7th year of teaching overall. I was born and raised here in central Arkansas, and I attended UCA. I've been married for a little over a year now, and my husband, Jake, is a coach and teacher here in the district.  In my spare time, I enjoying golfing with my family, playing with my dog, Dude, and reading. I can't wait to be a part of such a wonderful district and community! 


Ashleigh Moore

I teach 5th grade English Language Arts. I have been teaching since 2015. I have taught second grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade. Before finding my home at Russellville Intermediate School, I taught in the Little Rock area for three years. I love spending time with my husband, two dogs, and one cat. I love to read, watch Disney movies, cook, and make crafts.


Adrienne Short

Hi, I am looking forward to teaching your children this year. I graduated from Arkansas Tech University with a bachelor's degree in education and received my master's degree from Liberty University. I started teaching in 2003, and have been teaching in the Russellville School District since 2013.