Meet Debra

Dr. Debra Bell, author, speaker, educator
Debra Bell, PhD, will speak at the Global Home Education Conference to be held May 2018 in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.

Debra Bell, PhD, is the best-selling author of the Writers in Residence and Readers in Residence series, plus the award-winning Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling and Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens.

A former high school and college English teacher, Debra and her husband Kermit home educated their four kids from kindergarten through high school graduation. During her homeschooling years, Debra founded three homeschool co-ops which continue today. Her articles on homeschooling have appeared in many publications, including The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Homeschooling Today, The Home School Court Report, and Thriving Families Magazine. She has been a keynote or featured speaker at national and international venues for more than twenty years. Debra currently serves on the executive committee of the Global Home Education Council and chair of the research committee. She co-edited the Journal of School Choice special issue of home education research (September 2016, Vol. 10, No. 3) and is co-editor of the forthcoming Homeschooling in the 21st Century, to be published by Taylor & Francis (December 2017).

Debra holds a bachelor’s degree in communications education, a master’s in English and a doctorate in educational psychology. She and her husband, Kermit, also founded Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Services, a non-profit ministry serving women unprepared for pregnancy throughout South-Central Pennsylvania. Today, she is a full time author and executive director for Aim Academy, which provides online college prep courses for 7th-12th.