Dreama Bell retired as principal of Stanaford Elementary in Raleigh County, where she worked for 18 years. Stanaford Elementary was a Title I Distinguished School for 7 years and a WV School of Excellence during her time as the administrator. She was an elementary teacher for 20 years and a principal for 24 years. Ms. Bell received her BS in Elementary Education from Concord College (University) and her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from WV College of Graduate Studies .She has extended post graduate time from WVU and Marshall University. She is past president of the Raleigh County Elementary Principal’s Association and the West Virginia Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals (WVAEMSP) .She also served as a member of the WV Commission for Professional Teaching Standards Licensure Appeals Panel for 6 years. In 2007 she proudly represented WV as, West Virginia’s National Distinguished Principal of the year. She has served as a mentor for new principals over the past 20 years.
Ms. Bell has worked as Raleigh County Training Coordinator for the Educational Leadership Grant in Rural WV, (Fayette, McDowell and Raleigh Counties )assisting educators for the past 5 years . This provided leadership and staff development opportunities to more than 100 administrators and aspiring administrators in 3 counties. They were mentored in school settings as well as group meetings. The core of the program was built around the ISLLC (Interstate Standards Leadership Licensure Consortium). School visits verified the implementation of standards. Two measures of success of the grant were to reduce turnover in administrators and to prepare participants to assume leadership roles. Both measures were met, with more than 30 participants moving into administrative roles in the 3 counties served.
She has worked as a Principal’s Leadership Academy team leader/presenter, online book study facilitator, and Evaluation trainer for the WV Center for Professional Development for the past 16 years. This allowed her to mentor /guide new principals and assistant principals from across the state and stay current with the trends /changes in education in WV. The final WVCPD Principals Academy session was completed in May 2018 . She also served on the Principal’s Leadership Advisory Council.
She continues to sub as an administrator to stay current with education in WV schools.
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