Welcome! My name is Isabella Coffell and I teach 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science as well as Biology and Physical Science at the Excel Center which is located on the campus of Austin High School. This is my first year at the Excel Center. I worked as a Special Education Teacher at Cedar Ridge Middle School and Austin High School from 2006-2015. In 2015 I ventured back into general education teaching biology and world history at Sparkman Ninth Grade School in Madison County. While at Sparkman I was the coach for the girls and boys varsity bowling teams. My girls won the 2016 State Bowling Championship! After 2 years at Sparkman I had the opportunity to come back to Decatur City as a science teacher at the Excel Center. I am glad to be home!
I am married to Keith Coffell of Huntsville and we have a blended family. Keith has 2 daughters, ages 30 and 15 and 2 grandchildren, and I have 2 sons ages 25 and 23 and 3 grandchildren. We enjoy spending time with our children and grandchildren!
I am a graduate of Coffee High School in Florence, Alabama. I graduated from The University of North Alabama in 1989 with a degree in Home Economics. I was an assistant department manager with Parisian from 1989-1991.
In 2001 I went back to school majoring in secondary education. In 2003 I graduated from Athens State University with a degree in Secondary Education, Social Science with the middle school endorsement. After Athens State I went back to U.N.A. and earned a Masters degree in Secondary Education History. In 2008 I enrolled at Alabama A&M to pursue an Education Specialist degree in Secondary Education, Special Education. The title of my Thesis is: The Effects of Research Based Reading Programs on the Oral Reading Fluency and Comprehension Skills of Middle School Students.
I graduated from A&M in 2010. I have passed the Praxis II in Elementary Education, Education Leadership, and Biology. When it comes to education I am very competitive!
In 2006 I joined the faculty of Cedar Ridge Middle School as an inclusion teacher in 6th grade. In 2008 I took over the self-contained MR unit and in 2009 my MR unit became the MR/Autism unit. In 2010 I had the opportunity to transfer to Austin High as an inclusion teacher. While at Austin I was the academic coach for varsity football and the clock keeper for 9th grade boys basketball and the bookkeeper for varsity girls and boys basketball. In 2015 I left Austin and joined the faculty at Sparkman Ninth Grade School teaching biology and world history. In 2016 I taught world history and was the RTI coordinator. I was the coach of the girls and boys bowling teams while at Sparkman. In 2017 I left Sparkman and came home to Decatur City Schools as a science teacher at the Excel Center. I have finally found my dream job and I am excited to be home in Decatur City Schools!