While Dr. James Bell has only been the Building African American Minds’ (BAAM) director of instruction since last July, it is safe to say the greater Talbot County community will quickly come to realize what a remarkable resource he will be for BAAM’s students as well as adults.
Dr. Bell, a native of San Diego, arrived on the Eastern Shore to pursue his passion for education, first in Dorchester County and later as an administrator with Delaware public school system. But after meeting the Daly family, the founders of BAAM, and understanding their unique plans for BAAM in the field of community education, Bell jumped at the chance to join its senior management team.
As BAAM’s head of instruction, Dr. Bell noted in his first interview with the Talbot Spy that he had three major priorities on his list of responsibilities. The first is to continue BAAM’s highly successful after-school education programs for young people and help oversee the construction of a new multi-million academic center on BAAM’s Easton campus. The second, which will be covered in another Spy interview with Dr. Bell, is BAAM’s innovative new approach to workforce education. The third is adding a new health and wellness initiative for children and adults.
As Dr. Bell explains in our chat with him a few weeks ago, BAAM has been working closely with local health organizations, such as Choptank Health, to launch the ‘Your Wellness Matters’ program to help students and families with their physical and mental health needs through monthly educational sessions.
This video is approximately four minutes in length. For more information about BAAM’s Your Health Matters please go here.
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