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Union County Early College Interventionist Success!

In the spring of 2012, Mandy Bell was hired by UCEC as an interventionist to help students struggling with the rigors of the Early College program as well as test taking skills. Although admitting to “not having a clue what the Early College was,” Mrs. Bell made an immediate impact with students and teachers alike. Students connected with her tough, yet friendly personality because they saw the benefit of the time they spent working with her. Among her students, she became known as a stickler for grammar and spelling, which proved to be helpful in passing the Accuplacer College Entrance Exam.


Mrs. Bell’s success as an interventionist led to a permanent position as a social studies teacher the following semester, and she has never looked back. She has become fully ingrained in UCEC’s program by serving in various roles within the school, among them yearbook advisor, global committee chair, and overall team player. She has proven to be a teacher who gets results, whether it is in the classroom or in extracurricular endeavors; however, this has not come without some level of frustration. She believes working with her mentor, Karen Pharr, has given her the tools and insight to make it through these sometimes difficult, formative years. Mrs. Bell credits the UCPS Beginning Teacher-Mentor Program for “making life as a new teacher much easier by providing me a lifeline when I felt like I was stranded on an island”.
 

Written by: Mr. Shep Stewart
Posted: Dec 12, 2014 by Liz Potter

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