Mary Bell - President
WEAC Leadership Team
Wisconsin Education Association Council
Mary Bell, a library media specialist at West Junior High School in Wisconsin Rapids, formerly a high school English teacher in Rhinelander, has been an educator for 33 years. She began her first three-year term as president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) in August 2007. Re-elected in April 2010, her second term began in August 2010. A Wisconsin native, Bell is a familiar figure in her community and among educators. She has a passion for literature and music, even joining with other WEAC members and staff to form the Great Schools Union Band to raise money for the National Education Association (NEA) Fund for Children and Public Education.
Her association activities have been far-reaching. On the national level, Bell served on the NEA Resolutions Committee and the NEA Board of Directors. Her leadership at the state level includes serving as WEAC secretary-treasurer (2003-2007) in which she led the organization to implement a biennial budget, allowing time for evaluation and planning between budget cycles. As secretary-treasurer, she also helped prepare WEAC to meet all requirements under new federal regulations regarding non-profit organizations. Bell has served as chair of the WEAC Resolutions Committee and co-chair of the WEAC Statewide Bargaining Goals Committee. She also served on WEAC’s Public Relations Committee.
Bell served as a Central Wisconsin UniServ Council (CWUC) representative on the WEAC Board of Directors and as a member of CWUC’s Budget and Finance Committee. Her leadership roles within the Wisconsin Rapids Education Association included president, treasurer, local delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly, and bargaining team member. Bell holds a master’s degree in library and information studies and a bachelor’s degree in English education, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The Wisconsin Education Association Council proudly represents dedicated public education employees across the state by amplifying their voices to ensure Wisconsin maintains high-quality public schools.
Updated September 2012