College of Education

Angela B. Bell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Teaching and Learning

College of Education

1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Work : (719)255-4015

Angela Bell is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). Throughout her career, she has been actively involved in Linguistically Diverse Education (LDE) at local, state, and national levels. As an instructor in pre-service and in-service teacher development, her emphasis and research are on best practices and teacher collaboration to meet the needs of all learners, including those who are learning English as a new language.



 Doctor of Philosophy, Teaching & Learning
 University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND                             

  • Golden Key Honor Society

Dissertation: Two Heads are Better than One: Collaboration between Classroom Teachers and English Language Learner Specialists 


 Master of Educational Leadership, Curriculum & Instruction
 University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL                      

  • Outstanding Student Award
  • Phi Sigma Phi Honor Society 


 Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages/Spanish
 Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA                                     

  • Dean’s list; Personally financed 100% of education expenses
  • Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Society; Kappa Delta Sorority; Phi Sigma Iota National Spanish Honor Society 



Elementary (Grades 1-8); Secondary Spanish (Grades 6-12); English as a Second Language (Grades 1-12); Bilingual/ESL-Spanish (Grades 1-12)

Professional Experience


Instructor, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs,  CO

  • CURR 5700: Intro to ESL/Multicultural Education

  • CURR 5701: Methods and Materials

  • CURR 5704: Practicum in ESL and Multicultural Education

  • CURR 5705: Second Language Acquisition: Capstone 

  • TED 4790: Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, & Evaluation

  • TED 5800: ESL for Educators

  • Site Professor, Bates Elementary School


Part-time Instructor, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

  • Nominated for Outstanding Teacher Award 2008

  • Nominated for Outstanding Teacher Award 2007

  • TL 590: Special Topics: Assessment of ELLs

  • TL 551: Second Language Acquisition for ELL Teachers

  • TL 330: Introduction to Teaching & Learning

  • TL338: Home-School Relations  


English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Consultant, Glynn County Schools, Brunswick, GA

  • Received recognition for dramatic student achievement increases during and since my employment in Glynn County

  • Implemented and taught TESOL Endorsement Program

  • Created and delivered professional development to teachers and administrators

  • Coordinated Title III monitoring activities at fifteen schools

  • Implemented new state procedures, including ACCESS training and WIDA standards training; ACCESS Test Certified

  • Provided ESOL technical assistance at each school, including giving feedback to teachers on SIOP lesson planning, delivery, and assessment

  • Assisted principals with student placement and accountability

  • Assisted with oversight of Title III funding

  • Co-created data collection system to monitor all ELLs in the school district

  • Created ESOL programs at eleven schools

  • Affected and implemented new policies and procedures for integrating ELLs into their home schools

  • Implemented home-school connections programs 


Lead Teacher & ESOL District Trainer, Okaloosa County Schools, FL

  • Nominated and initiated into Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Teacher Sorority
  • Selected to model lessons and support new or struggling teachers
  • Taught state-mandated ESOL courses to teachers working on endorsement
  • Oversaw operations of a site of 85 children and 7 teachers
  • Taught K-8 Spanish, marine biology, science, writing, computer applications, & also taught learning strategies & multiple intelligences course
  • Helped design new School Improvement Plan on School Advisory Council


Adjunct ESOL & Computer Applications Instructor, Okaloosa-Walton Community College, FL

  • Taught workplace readiness skills to community college students and EFL Adult English Learners


Newcomers Program Coordinator & Instructor, Houston Independent School District, TX

  • Teacher of the Year, 1999-2000. PTA Classroom of the Month numerous times
  • Modeled instructional practices to teachers and administrators
  • Instructed and integrated refugee children with interrupted schooling into the American school system
  • Ensured that Office of Civil Rights staff development requirements were met
  • Made various presentations & consultations locally & nationally
  • SW District Secondary ESOL Advisory Committee
  • Houston Council of Teachers of English, VP of Programs




Spanish & English Teacher, Guilford County Schools, McLeansville, NC

  • Teacher of the Year, 1996-1997

  • Planned, organized, and instructed Spanish & English classes at Northeast High School

  • Taught Spanish for the GCS Alternative School; Assistant track coach; Advisor for the Spanish Club & Student Government

Selected Publications


Baecher, L., & Bell, A. (2011). A “continuum” model of collaboration in ESL. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 15(1), 56-61.
Bell, A. (2011). Review of the book Collaboration and co-teaching: Strategies for English learners. TEIS Newsletter. Bell, A. (2011, in press). Two heads are better than one: Collaboration between classroom teachers and English Language Learner specialists (Doctoral dissertation, University of North Dakota, 2011). Dissertation Abstracts International
Bell, A., & Baecher, L. (under review). Points on a continuum:  ESL teachers reporting on collaboration across program models. TESOL Journal.
Bell, A., & Kartoshkina, Y. (2011). Online test bank to accompany Home and school relations: Teachers and parents working together (4th ed.). Boston: Pearson.
Bell, A., & Walker, A. (2011, in press). Mainstream and ELL teacher partnerships: A model of collaboration. InA. Honigsfeld & M. Dove (Eds.), Co-teaching and other collaborative practices in the EFL/ESL classroom: Rationale, research, reflections, and recommendations. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing Inc.


(Asked to present at 2012 TESOL International Conference in PA on collaboration research findings with Laura Baecher, Maria Dove, Andrea Honigsfeld, & Anne Walker.)
Bell, A. (2011, November). Collaboration between mainstream and ELL teachers. Paper accepted to Colorado Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Annual Conference, Denver, CO
Bell, A., Dewing, S., & Grant, L. (2011, November). A critical look at preparing teachers. Paper accepted to Colorado Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Annual Conference, Denver, CO
Bell, A., & Baecher, L. (2011, March). Elementary push-in and pull-out instruction: From coping to collaborating. Presented at the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) International Conference, New Orleans, LA
Bell, A. (2011, January). Two heads are better than one: Collaboration between mainstream & ELL teachers. Presented at the Culturally Responsive Teaching, Leadership, and Counseling Symposium, UCCS, Colorado Springs, CO
Bell, A., Lo, M., Melby, M., & Waller, R. (2010, March).  Building collaborative communities. Poster session presented at UND Scholarly Forum, Grand Forks, ND.
Bell, A. (2009). Hola amigos, Welcoming our new friends, Century Elementary Students, Grand Forks, ND
Bell, A. (2009). Reading Strategies for ELLs. Century Elementary, Grand Forks, ND
Bell, A. (2009). Empathy and understanding of ELLs. Century Elementary, Grand Forks, ND
Bell, A. (2008). Take a walk in my shoes: Empathy and professional development for ELL educators. Annual ND/SD TESOL Conference, Bismark, ND
Bell, A. (2008). Metacognitive strategies to improve reading comprehension. Ada, MN
Bell, A. (2007-2009). Implementing WIDA ACCESS and W-APT. GA & ND
Bell, A. (2007). Implementing ESOL standards. GA
Bell, A. (2004-2007). Help! They don’t speak English, Strategies for effective instruction. Glynn Co., GA
Other presentation topics and locations:

  • Rules, Regulations & Policy for ELLs, GA & FL

  • Teaching ELLs in Content Areas, GA

  • ESOL Language Learning I & II, GA & FL

  • Cross-Cultural Communication & Understanding I & II, GA & FL

  • ESOL Curriculum & Materials, GA & FL

  • Alternative Assessments for ELLs, TX, FL, and GA

  • Newcomers Programs & Best Strategies to Instruct ESOL Students- Presented with Center for Applied Linguistics at National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE) 2000, San Antonio, TX

  • Best Methods & Alternative Assessments- Presented for Middle School Collaborative 2000, Houston, TX

  • Implementing a Newcomers Program- Schools of Excellence Conference 1999, Houston, TX

  • ESL Gifted & Talented Programs- Presented at NABE 1999, Denver, CO; TABE 1998, San Antonio, TX

Volunteer and Service


 Consulting for San Juan, CO, Board of Cooperative Educational  Services


Providing support for local school districts in implementing new English language proficiency standards


Consulted for the National Program on Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction to complete a curriculum review and recommendations for the Colorado School of English in Denver, CO 



Reviewed article for Colorado Reading Council Journal

Member of Pikes Peak English Language Acquisition Regional Directors


Doctoral forum mentor, TESOL Conference 2010, Boston 


Provided ELL and Refugee technical assistance to Century Elementary School, Grand Forks, ND  


Volunteer Spanish teacher at local elementary school 


ArtReach Volunteer