MONROE – Monroe Charter Academy has chosen Camela Bell as its founding principal.
The planned K-5 charter is opening in August with 288 students in kindergarten through third grade. The school will provide a rigorous classical education model using the Core Knowledge curriculum.
Carmelina Brockmann, who chairs the academy’s board of directors, is thrilled Bell is at the helm.
“We are confident that her experience, fearlessness and compassion will serve our future students and surrounding communities well,” Brockmann said. “We look forward to watching Dr. Bell shape our school into a reputable classical academy that is very much a need in Monroe.”
Bell has served 23 years with North Carolina Public Schools, where she led as a school administrator at the elementary, middle and high school level. She has worked in Union County Public Schools, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Anson County Schools.
In 2012, Bell completed her Ed.D. in educational leadership at Gardner-Webb University. Her research and statistical analysis specifically analyzed the relationship of principal beliefs and their effectiveness on student achievement.
She earned her master’s degree in school administration from Gardner-Webb University, as well as her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in mathematics at Winston-Salem State University.
Bell and her fiancé, Kedrick, live in Cabarrus County, with their three children, Chelsie, Zariah and Jayden.
She believes in the school’s mission to educate students to be academically thriving citizens, who will make a positive impact on their communities.
“If you’re too busy to help others to succeed, then you are too busy to succeed yourself,” she said.
Want to learn more?
Monroe Charter Academy will host a parent interest meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the school, 200 Tomberlin St.
Parents interested in applying to the school may submit an application at www.monroecharteracademy.org or call 980-210-3627 for details.