Debra Bell is the best-selling author of the award-winning Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling, Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens and the Ultimate Planners for moms, teens and students (Apologia Press). A former high school and college English teacher, Debra and her husband Kermit home educated their four kids K-12; all of whom are now married and college graduates. Her articles on homeschooling have been published in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Homeschooling Today, The Teaching Home and Thriving Families Magazine. She has been a keynote or featured speaker at numerous international and national venues for more than twenty years.
Debra holds a B.S. in communications education, an M.A. in English and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. While at Temple, she held a teaching assistantship in the College of Education. Her research interests include identifying why, how and when homeschooling works; and she looks forward to using her training to better serve the homeschool community well into the future.
During her homeschooling years, Debra helped to found and lead three homeschool co-ops which continue today (one for elementary, one for high school, and one for drama). She and her husband, Kermit, also founded Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Services, a major non-profit ministry serving women unprepared for pregnancy throughout South-Central Pennsylvania.
Today, she is executive director and lead teacher for Aim Academy, which provides online college prep courses for 7th-12th. More information about her online classes, books, forthcoming curriculum and speaking schedule can be found at DebraBell.com.