Trudy Bell

M.ED., Program Director, PHILLIPS School ~ Annandale

En route to her interview at PHILLIPS (then the School for Contemporary Education), Trudy’s car broke down on 495 on a broiling July day. Dressed in a crisp pink linen suit she picked her way down a steep grassy hill, knocked on a random door and called her husband.  Arriving in their new 1972 Volkswagen Squareback with a stick shift, he encouraged her to continue on however, she had not yet learned to drive a stick shift.  Her husband flatly stated, “You can do this!”  Trudy embarked on a harrowing drive, never taking the car out of first gear for fear it would stall.  Without his belief in her, things may have turned out very differently.  In looking back it was a defining moment because working at PHILLIPS gave Trudy purpose and meaning in her life. This underlies her philosophy of belief and hope in every student.  Just as he believed she could do it, and she hoped he was right, these feelings are what we convey to our youth every day.

After serving in a variety of Administrative and Curriculum positions, Trudy became Program Director of the Annandale School Program in 1985 and has served in that capacity since that time. As Program Director, Trudy is responsible for the smooth operation of the school, including hiring, staff development, implementing a multidisciplinary approach to meet the needs of a diverse special education population, and providing leadership in solving problems. Trudy has worked to create a school in which a program is built around each individual child, while welcoming the families to be part of the team. 

Trudy earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Duquesne University. When not at PHILLIPS Trudy enjoys time with good friends, her family, and an eclectic array of music and can be found most afternoons in the gym or yoga studio.