Our Team

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PORTER BELL

5th & 6th Grade Assistant Teacher

A native North Carolinian, Porter has recently relocated from Raleigh to Asheville. However, as she puts it, she’s lived in western North Carolina all her life. Porter’s mother was born and grew up in Franklin where she frequently visited grandparents, aunts, uncles and a loving group of cousins, many of whom still live in the area. Porter’s love for the mountains took her from her hometown in Salisbury to Appalachian State University in Boone, where she majored in Health Education with a certification in Secondary Ed. Although her career path didn’t take off in education, she built a strong foundation of skills developed working in larger corporations, which she later utilized to co-found a nonprofit that served vulnerable populations through programs centered around mentoring relationships and educational support. More recently, Porter has spent the past five years working in elementary education. Her classroom experience covers Pre-K through 5th grades, with her last position as a teacher assistant working in both General and Special Ed classrooms.

Porter loves spending time with family, friends and exploring the wonders found in these beautiful mountains she now calls home. The opportunity to join the FernLeaf staff is icing on the cake!