Class Dismissed Podcast for Teachers

Inspiring Educators through Story

Class Dismissed was created to spread education news and inspirational education ideas around the country.

The three co-hosts of Class Dismissed have varying professional backgrounds, and it’s that dynamic that allows listeners to hear different perspectives.

Russ Davis


Russ Davis is the founder of SchoolStatus, a software company that has developed an incredible data analytics tool for school districts all across the country.

SchoolStatus tools are used daily to improve communication between teachers and parents. The application allows teachers to call and text parents without revealing their personal phone number. SchoolStatus has also been praised for breaking down language barriers, between teachers and parents.

Lissa Pruett

Lissa Pruett is an educator with a Masters in Gifted Education. She has almost two decades experience teaching studentsFullSizeRender.jpg at both public and private schools.

Lissa has led mathematics, gifted studies, and elementary classes and she also operates a private art studio where she teaches children outside of regular school hours.

Lissa currently teaches for the Lamar County School District near Hattiesburg, Mississippi.



Nick Ortego


Nick Ortego is an experienced broadcaster and has worked as a News Director, Weather Chief, News Operations Manager and Journalist for 15 years.

The Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters Association awarded Nick with the “Best investigative journalism award in 2016 and 2017, and the newsroom led by Nick won an unprecedented 25 MAPB awards in 2017.

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Nick was also awarded “Best Weathercast” by the Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters Association five separate years and was on air during  EF-4 tornado that struck Hattiesburg Mississippi in February 2013. Nick’s coverage that day was later highlighted by the Weather Channel’s – Tornado Alley.

In mid-2017, Russ asked Nick to host and produce the Class Dismissed Podcast, and since then the show has experienced fast growth with listeners in 61 different countries.

Nick also operates Ortego Communications, which specializes in videography, photography, and podcasting.