Mr. Bell begins his tenth year as Principal of Meadowbrook School. During his tenure, the staff has had many instructional successes and have supported building projects that prioritized school security, collecting and reflecting on formal and informal student data, continued Google implementation in daily classroom activities guided by the NJ Learning Standards, meaningful character education, SEL and mindfulness lessons, curriculum development within the Balanced Literacy framework, and creating innovative, flexible classroom activities using the Math mindsets approach. Results from those efforts remain evident with our building being safer, classroom activities being more personalized, improved scores on state standardized assessments, and a continued focus on students becoming leaders within the school and community. The New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional, and Character Development has recognized Meadowbrook’s character education program. The school achieved the status of “New Jersey Emerging School of Character” for the 2013-14 school year and “New Jersey Honorable Mention School of Character” for the 2014-2015 school year. Recently, building projects like re-establishing an active student-led Green Team focusing on sustainability and beautification of the campus is something the community has strongly rallied behind.
Before coming to Hillsdale, Mr. Bell was the Assistant Principal of Stillwater Township School located in Sussex County, NJ. His responsibilities focused on the day-to-day operations of a Pre-K to 6th-grade building with approximately 370 students in a rural setting.
Previously, Mr. Bell was a Grade 2 Teacher in the Kinnelon Public Schools. he was also an “acting building administrator” during the absence of the building principal in his last year at Kiel Elementary School. While serving on various district committees, he completed numerous projects of adding technology into the classroom and co-presenting at Rutgers University on the importance of implementing a code of conduct on the K-2 level. He served as Assistant Varsity Girls’ Soccer Coach (2007-2011, 2013 - 2018) and Head Girls’ Middle School Soccer Coach (2007-2008). In 2008, the team won the Morris County Championship for the first time in 23 years. Both in 2008 and 2009, the Kinnelon High School team was crowned Morris County Champions. In 2014, the team won a second state championship in the history of the program.
Mr. Bell began his teaching career in First Grade in Wyckoff, NJ, after completing his student teaching assignment in Third Grade at Sicomac School.
When he is not at Meadowbrook, Mr. Bell proudly volunteers as an emergency responder in his hometown of Pequannock Township. He has been a volunteer firefighter since August of 2001. In 2012, he was sworn in as Fire Chief for the first time and completed his term in 2014. On January 1, 2018, he began his second tenure as Fire Chief of the department. Additionally, he is a Deputy Coordinator of the Office of Emergency Management to assist the town in planning for and managing significant emergencies/incidents. He is also a volunteer Varsity Assistant Girls’ Soccer Coach at Pequannock Township High School.
He graduated from William Paterson University in 2001 with a B.A. in History and earned his Teaching Certificate in 2005. Mr. Bell completed his Master’s Degree in Education Leadership, Management, and Policy at Seton Hall University in 2009, graduating with “Summa Cum Laude” honors. In early 2022, he will begin the Doctoral Program of Arts and Letters (D.Litt.) in the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies at Drew University, located in Madison, NJ.
Mr. Bell and his wife, Kristin, have two children, Braeden and Andrew, and reside in Pompton Plains.