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Dr. Willie J. Bell Jr.

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Dr. Willie J. Bell Jr.

I was born and reared in Courtland, VA. I attended schools in the Southampton County Public School System. After graduation from high school, I continued my studies at Virginia State University, East Carolina University and Cambridge College.  Education is the family business as my parents retired from education and my siblings are educators as well.

On a part-time basis, I serve as an Educational Consultant through my own business, Bell to Bell Consulting Services, LLC and Audio Enhancement, Inc.  I have served as a math teacher, coach, principal of two high schools/two middle schools and a Division Superintendent.  As a Division Superintendent, student achievement improved by an average of 30%.  During my last principalship, George Wythe High School yielded national recognition from U.S. News and World Report as one of the best high schools in the nation based on Reading and Math scores of 98% and 92% respectively.  I have also served as a Director of After-School Programs (students and adults), Director of Secondary Education and Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

Some of my accomplishments have been:  2011 R.E.B. Leadership Award (equivalent to Principal of the Year) for Richmond City Public Schools, Richmond, VA ; Principal of the Year for Northampton County Schools, Northampton County, NC;  Who’s Who Among Teachers and Administrators; Graduate of the 2012 Superintendent’s Academy, Richmond, VA; Graduate of the Principal’s Executive Program (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill); Graduate of the Principal’s Executive Program (Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill); Graduate of the Turnaround Transformational Schools Program (Darden Business School, University of Virginia).

I am married to the former Cassandra Theobalds and we have three beautiful children, Evan, Gabrielle, and Khairi. My hobbies include: fishing, hunting, golfing, and weightlifting.