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 second-year teaching third-grade at JNES and my eighth-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 moved to Kotzebue in 2018, having the wonderful opportunity to work with teachers and students throughout the region. This year, I am excited to be working with the staff and students at June Nelson Elementary School!
I have been reflecting on the unifying presence of the Iñupiaq Ilitqusiat and the values I have seen at work every day throughout this experience. At the center of our decisions and action has been Love of Children, Hard Work, Humility, Cooperation, Respect for Elders and Others, Sharing, and Responsibility to Tribe. While this may be one of the hardest things we experience as a community and a school, I hope you and your student know you have a strong network behind you with NWABSD, the JNES Team, and fellow third-grade families.
This year, the learning structure may vary depending on the status of COVID-19 cases in our community, and if you have opted to participate in learning via remote distance delivery options. I am disappointed that we will not be starting our school year with a chance to meet face-to-face, but we will capitalize on every opportunity to get together. We have some technological solutions available, and I hope that through the use of some innovative solutions, to give students the same experience they would if we were face-to-face. As we begin the school year, we will slowly learn about the technological tools given to us and how to use them to ensure our success.
While we continue to encounter 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. 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 given. If I am unsure of a definite answer, I will be happy to find the answer or connect you with someone.
Tracy Bell, M.Ed