Larry Bell is a 25 year veteran in education. Fifteen of those years were spent as a classroom teacher where he was nominated for the National Agnes Mayer Outstanding Teacher Award. Larry, who taught at Garfield High School, a school with over 3,000 students speaking 36 different languages, was recognized for his innovative classroom strategies that allowed his so called "Tough Kids" as well as his "Gifted and Talented" to excel!
For seven years, Larry served as the Supervisor of Multicultural Education for Prince William County. Larry was given a $550,000 grant by the federal government to pilot his ideas in 1996, and again when he was selected as the Mary Hatwood Futrell Award winner by the Virginia Education Association in 1998. He was also invited to travel to South Africa to share ideas in 1996.
Larry, a Citadel graduate, is now a full time consultant providing keynote addresses at many conferences across the country. He currently owns his own company.
Dr. Candice McQueen was just recently appointed as a Senior Vice President at Lipscomb University where she currently serves as the Dean of the College of Education. McQueen's college and teacher preparation programs have been highlighted both at the state and national levels for excellence in both teacher preparation design and teacher candidate outcomes.
In 2012, McQueen and the College of Education partnered with the Ayers Foundation to initiate The Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation. The institute has partnered with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to create groundbreaking pre-service teacher resources on the Common Core State Standards for all of Tennessee's higher education institutions and alternative teacher preparation programs.