English Education Major
Class of Spring 2019
Chattanooga native Judith Bell applied to only one school in her senior year of high school. Wanting to go into English education, she was immediately attracted to Lee for its reputation of putting talented teachers in the school system.
Judith has been busy during her time at Lee. She has worked on campus as an academic services mentor, a psychology teacher’s assistant, and as a student worker in the Department of Language and Literature.
“The most important thing Lee has taught me is the importance of being in God’s will,” said Judith. “Even in my darkest moments, God continually shows me that He did not lead me in the wrong direction for my education.”
In addition to serving on the executive board of the Black Student Union, she is a member of the honor societies Kairos, Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Chi (where she also serves as treasurer), and is a member of Sigma Tau Delta’s leadership team.
Judith has received the Presidential, Roberson Leadership, Honor, Mary Adams Memorial, and Monroe and Mary Lou Sims scholarships. She is also a member of the McNair Scholars Program, for which she completed a research internship over the summer. Her research focused on how social factors and familial expectations can either sink African American students into academic mediocrity or catapult them into success. Judith will present her research at McNair’s national convention in Baltimore this semester.
Judith will earn her English education degree this spring and then plans to attend graduate school in pursuit of a degree in either literature, African American studies, or English education.