Back in 1986, Deb Bell taught in an impoverished public school where her work through the National Writing Project, including her presentation of that work at national conferences and the publication of her writing in Social Issues in the English Classroom got the school named as an National Council of Teachers of English Center of Excellence. Then, her first child was born. When her daughter was one year old, Deb became a “homeschooler.” First, she ran a daycare, a toddler program, a preschool, and a tutoring business, and then she homeschooled her children. Her youngest son is starting college and an audio engineering and music production internship,and her older son has studied engineering and is considering building a “tiny house” sometime in the next few years.
Deb has been a fellow of the Central California Writing Project for almost thirty years, acting for a time as their editor and attending and/or helping to lead a total of nine Invitational Summer Institutes. She has been very active in the Central Coast homeschool community: she co-founded, edited, published, and wrote articles for Bridges Homeschooling Newsletter; taught fiction and essay-writing classes to middle- and high-school homeschoolers at a homeschool program in Santa Cruz; and since 2005 has been working full-time as a consultant-teacher in a district homeschool program with K-8 students and their families, where, among other things, she works with kids to write and produce plays and film. She joined Brave Writer in 2011. Deb writes poetry, novels, articles, essays, plays, and even co-wrote an opera! She plans to start a blog, if she can only find the time. She is “in the middle” of five novels, two poetry collections, and three picture book manuscripts, with plans for many more!