Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Language Arts (2012) Master of Education; Curriculum, Instruction, and Reading (2016) Master of Education, Educational Leadership (2018) State of Alaska Professional Teaching Certificate: Elementary Education GR K-5 Language Arts GR 6-8 Reading Specialist
Welcome Third Grade Families!
My name is Tracy Bell, and I am so excited to have your student in my class! This is my third-year teaching third-grade at JNES and my tenth-year teaching with NWABSD. I grew up in Mid-Michigan and attended Baker College, where I received a Bachelor's Degree in English Language Arts and Elementary Education. I began my teaching career in 2012 at Davis-Ramoth Memorial School in Selawik. I relocated to Kotzebue in 2018, pursuing an opportunity to work with teachers and students throughout the NWABSD region, and in 2019, I joined the JNES team.
I am so honored to be a part of your student's education and strive to provide a high-quality learning environment and experience for all my students. Third-grade is a big year also known as the "bridge year"! This year, your student will shift from learning to read to using those foundational skills to develop comprehension skills that will help them use reading as a tool to deepen knowledge. This year we will deepen our understanding of place value, addition, and subtraction. We will spend our entire year building our math fluency skills, which will help us become faster computers and get us ready for multiplication and division. Please expect me to be contacting you regularly to discuss your child’s progress and get more information about your learner as you know them best and your perspective will help me get to know your student better.
While we continue to navigate an unprecedented time in our community and school, I want to assure you that I will do my best to support your student's learning and well-being. I hope you and your student know you have a strong network behind you with NWABSD, the JNES Team, and fellow third-grade families. Should you need any further information, have any questions or concerns, or just want to have a conversation, please do not hesitate to contact me using the contact information provided on this page. If I am unsure of a definite answer, I will be happy to find the answer or connect you with someone.