Every Child a Graduate. Every Graduate Prepared.

Ella B. Bell
District 5
Current Term: 2013-2017
Previous Terms: 2001-2013
Resides in Montgomery

"It is important for the State Board of Education to work closely with educators, parents, students, citizens, the business community, and government officials to continue to improve our schools. It is my goal to work with each of my fellow board members to continue to raise standards based on valid measures of knowledge, skills, and competency. Education is a vehicle that helps children succeed. As public servants, it is our job to steer that vehicle to the best of our ability."

Background:

  • Currently employed with the Drop Out Prevention Center, Alabama State University
  • B.S., Tuskegee University, 1969
  • Master's degree in Educational Supervision, Alabama State University, 1974
  • Doctoral work in educational leadership (completed everything except dissertation), University of Alabama, 1974-1977
  • Tuskegee University Alumni Association
  • Montgomery Area United Way Board
  • SISTAS Inc. (support group for women surviving breast cancer)
  • Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Montgomery Board Member
  • Delta Sigma Theta Inc. Sorority
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Co-Chair of Board of Stewardship
  • Chamber of Commerce National Government Committee
  • Montgomery County Democratic Conference, Vice-Chairperson for Women's Affairs
  • Alabama Democratic Conference
  • Spirit of Freedom Award from the City of Mosses in Lowndes County
  • Three Citations from the governor for State Combined United Way Campaign
  • Montgomery Area United Way Record Setting Fund Raiser for the Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation
  • Certificate of Appreciation from Alice McKinney, Chair of United Way
  • Certificate of Appreciation from Day Street Baptist Church for Women's Day Observance
  • Outstanding Leadership Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
  • Outstanding Leadership Award from the Montgomery Community Action Agency
  • Certificate of Appreciation from SISTAS Inc.
  • Certificate of Appreciation from National Tots and Teens Inc.
  • Certificate of Appreciation from Alabama Volunteers and Corrections
  • Leadership Award for serving as President of the PTA from Carver High School
  • Outstanding Leadership Award from Trinity Lutheran School