Academic Options Center
Mark of Excellence
Mr. Brendon Bell, Principal
Mr. Bell began his teaching career in the Jackson Public School District as an assistant football coach at Lanier High School. He later moved to Cardozo Middle School where he served as Social Studies teacher, head football coach, assistant basketball coach, and head girls track coach. In 2013, Mr. Bell taught Physical Education at Northwest Rankin High School where he was also the varsity assistant football coach and assistant boys basketball coach. Two years later, Mr. Bell transitioned into leadership in the Madison County Schools District as assistant principal at Old Town Middle School.
In 2018, Mr. Bell was named principal of the Madison County Academic Options Center and served in that capacity until 2021. The 2022-2023 school year marks Mr. Bell’s thirteenth year in education as he returns for a second stint as principal of the Madison County Academic Options Center.
Prior to entering the field of education, Mr. Bell held a career in law enforcement. From 2001-2009, he served with both the Jackson Police Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. He was a patrolman, a state investigator with MBN, finally a narcotics detective.
Mr. Bell is married to Ahsaki Butler-Bell and is the father of three sons: Jalani, Dakari, and Jabari Bell. Mr. Bell is a proud graduate of Jim Hill High School. He received his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Jackson State University. He also holds a master’s degree from Mississippi College in Educational Leadership and a specialist degree from William Carey University, also in Educational Leadership. Mr. Bell is a member of Mount Nebo Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi and he is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. An avid sports fan, he spends his leisure time attending sporting events and traveling.