Miranda M. Bell is a graduate student in the College of Education pursuing a Master of Education. As a dynamic and innovative thinker with more than 17 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Ms. Bell has been the driving force behind several successful initiatives serving underserved communities.
In 2013, Ms. Bell was tapped to design and co-lead Reading Express, a literacy- focused partnership between Park Forest Public Library and Park Forest- Chicago Heights School District 163 providing enrichment activities and library services to schoolchildren. In 2014, Ms. Bell established ConnectKids and led a partnership between the parent organization, Connections to Success and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, leading to the formation of the organization’s flagship Girl Scouts Robotics Troop. ConnectKids was recognized in the July 2015 issue of StreetScape Magazine and was awarded grants from both The Potts Foundation and CarMax Foundation for its work with the children of program participants. Ms. Bell also led the efforts to deliver training in partnership with Girl Scouts Beyond Bars to moms located at Women’s Eastern Reception and Diagnostic Center in Vandalia, MO.
Currently, Ms. Bell is an active member of the Diversity Awareness Committee for Fort Zumwalt School District in St. Charles County, MO, which is focused on identifying and developing diversity and inclusion efforts throughout the district. She is a new member of the Board of Directors for The Sparrow’s Nest, a nonprofit which serves pregnant and parenting teens. Ms. Bell also applied and was accepted as a new protégé in UMSL’s 2018 Executive Fellows Mentoring Project.
A devoted mother, wife, educator, musician, business owner, diversity champion and change agent, Ms. Bell holds a Bachelor of Arts from Governors State University and an Offender Workforce Development Specialist certification from the Missouri Department of Probation and Parole. She is the Co-Owner and Business Manager for the family business, Rhythm & Thyme Mobile Kitchen. Ms. Bell lives in St. Charles County with her husband of nine years, their three sons (one of whom is a freshman at Tougaloo College), and their dog, Mozart.