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About Bettye Bell

About Me....

       This is my thirteenth year at Fleming and my 46th in education, and I have enjoyed every year! I can't imagine retirement.


     I was born and raised in the coalfields of McDowell County, West Virginia.  My daddy was a coal miner, and my momma was a stay-at-home mom.  In those days, moms did not work outside the home. Besides, there wasn't much time--I had seven sisters, and we all became school teachers or nurses, not a lot of educational choices for Afro-American females 'back then.'  I am thankful to my parents for instilling in us the value of education.


     I married a coal miner, and we produced one daughter, Natalie, and I have three grandchildren, Isabella and Marlie.  I like to read slave narratives, peruse quilt magazines, and make quilts for family.  I volunteer with the Roanoke Education Association, go to the theater at Valley View, and frequent Golden Corral--I am a regular as I don't cook anymore.  Usually, I am at home before the street lights come on.