Courtney Bell is 1 of 4 children born onto astounding mother and matriarch Tosha Bell. She is the Founder of Courtney S. Bell Consulting LLC and works to co-create educational equity solutions with Pre-K-12 educational institutions.
She was raised in the Sumner Neighborhood of North Minneapolis. Growing up on the Northside of Minneapolis afforded Courtney the opportunity to attend her alma mater North Community High School. In the fall of 2007, Courtney went on to attend the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities as a first-generation college student. Courtney completed 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 the impact that 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. During her 4th year of teaching Courtney was nominated for and became 1 of 12 finalists for the 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. In May of 2019, Courtney transitioned from the classroom into education leadership and is now the Program Manager of Culturally Relevant Instruction for the Saint Paul Public Schools district. In the fall of 2019, Courtney will begin her fourth and final year in the Educational Policy and Leadership doctoral program also through the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development.