Ms. Bell was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. After attending Oxford College, she received a B.A. in English from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina, and an M. S. in Applied Linguistics from Georgia State University in Atlanta.
After completing her masters, Ms. Bell taught English to adult refugees and immigrants in Atlanta before joining the faculty at Oxford, in 1994, as the specialist in English for speakers of other languages. She is the Director of Multilingual Writing and English Placement. She advises faculty in best practices and inclusive pedagogies for non-native English speakers.
She teaches a special topics theory-practice course each spring on reading and writing personal narrative, which meets throughout the semester in a maximum security women's prison. She serves on the advisory board to the Chillon Project, an Associate of Arts program at Lee Arrendale State Prison. She is an active and passionate advocate for prison reform, and several of her courses address the problems of mass incarceration from multiple perspectives.
BA| Warren Wilson College| 1991
MS| Georgia State University| 1994
2015 Mizzell Award