A nonprofit founded in 1992

Susan Bonaiuto, Ed.D., Appointed as BELL's Executive Director of Massachusetts

BOSTON - October 25, 2012 - BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), a nonprofit provider of expanded learning opportunities, announced today that Susan Bonaiuto has been appointed Executive Director of Massachusetts. Bonaiuto was hired for her extensive experience in education and her passion for helping others.

Bonaiuto will be responsible for the success and growth of BELL's existing after school and summer learning programs, and cultivating opportunities for growth in new schools and communities.

"We are fortunate to add Susan to our diverse team of leaders," said Lauren Gilbert, Ed.D., Vice President of Program at BELL. "Her unique perspective will help our team ensure all children in Massachusetts have the learning opportunities they need to fulfill their potential in school and in life."

Bonaiuto joins BELL with over 15 years experience in public school leadership at the Needham Public Schools in Needham, Mass. where she was responsible for the quality and growth of out-of-school time programs, district strategic planning and communications, external funding and special projects. Prior to her work in public schools, she was the Director of a state agency, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, for ten years.

BELL delivers educational after school and summer learning experiences that increase time-on-task and accelerate academic achievement. It exists to transform the academic achievements, self-confidence, and life trajectories of children living in under-resourced, urban communities. Ultimately, by reaching a critical mass of students and breaking cycles of academic under-performance, BELL's impact helps turn around low-performing schools.

Bonaiuto earned her Ed.D. from Boston College, M.A. (M.B.A.) from the University of Wisconsin School of Business, M.A. in Political Science from Boston College, and B.M. in Music Education from Bucknell University.

About BELL

BELL, founded in 1992, is one of the nation's leading providers of quality summer and after school educational programs. It is committed to transforming the academic achievements, self-confidence, and life trajectories of children living in under-resourced, urban communities. BELL serves more than 15,000 students - whom BELL recognizes as "scholars" - in public schools throughout Baltimore; Boston; Charlotte; Detroit; Newark; New York City; and Springfield, MA. BELL's summer learning program has been independently proven by the Urban Institute to increase children's reading skills and parental involvement. BELL employs more than 1,500 teachers and tutors across the nation. Please visit www.experienceBELL.org for more information.