Courtney Bell - Consultant
Courtney Bell is 1 of 4 children born onto astounding mother and matriarch Tosha Bell. Raised in the Sumner Neighborhood of Minneapolis’s Northside. Growing up on the Northside of Minneapolis afforded Courtney the opportunity to attend her Alma Mater and current place of career, North Community High School. In the fall of 2007 Courtney went on to attend the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. During the completion of general education courses, she fell in love with the field of Sociology, which helped to provide historical and social understanding for the educational, racial and social inequality that had become far too common-place in her home community.
Courtney graduated with her B.A in the Sociology of Law, Criminology and Deviance from the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts in 2011 and went on to become a behavior dean at North High School. After witnessing firsthand the impact that enduring caring relationships and high expectations had on children, Courtney decided to return to the University of Minnesota to pursue her M.Ed./ Social Studies Teacher Licensure to become an educator. After completing her M.Ed program in 2014, Courtney returned to her Alma Mater as the 9th grade African American History/ Human Geography teacher.
Courtney constantly reminds her Polar Scholars of Mandela’s words “education is the most powerful weapon in which to change the world”. Carrying on with the spirit of educational power, Courtney is currently still teaching at North High School and is in the midst of her second year in the Educational Policy and Leadership PhD program through the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. Courtney’s developing research and dissertation focuses on African centered pedagogy and curriculum as antidotes for the existing education gap between students of African descent and their European-American peers.