observations and thoughts on the wonder of children as they explore their world



My passion for teaching includes a commitment to knowing each learner as an individual and creating a classroom community where the social curriculum is interwoven with the rigorous academic fabric. I’ve been a follower of the Responsive Classroom Approach for over 20 years and am a certified Consulting Teacher and Presenter through the Center for Responsive Schools (formerly, the Northeast Foundation for Children). I’ve taught for over 20 years in Massachusetts, New York and Maryland in grades ranging from preschool through high school. While I love being in the classroom daily, I am also fortunate enough to work in dozens of schools across the country coaching, mentoring and presenting to teachers who give their students their best, every single day.

In addition to teaching, I have:

  • Presented to regional audiences of teachers and administrators on Responsive Classroom Adaptations in the Early Childhood Classroom, Inquiry Based Learning and Storytelling in the Digital Age, and yoga in the classroom.
  • Published articles in the e- journal Independent Teacher Independent “Immersing First Graders in Interdisciplinary Learning.”
  • Contributed regularly to Stage of Life as the Editor for “Raising a Family” and to Teach.com’s blog and the Responsive Classroom newsletters
    am proud to be mentioned on blog rolls from the Gurian Institute and Yardsticks
  • Am active on social media – find Wonder of Children on Facebook or me on LinkedIn (Lisa Dewey Wells) and Twitter @Lisadeweywells

When I’m not teaching or writing, I’m usually outdoors with my family skiing or on the Chesapeake Bay, or recharging my batteries working out, cooking or practicing yoga. I can also be found locally teaching yoga, mindfulness, and Yoga Nidra.   I live in Annapolis with my clever husband, two creative and hilarious emerging adults, one lazy black lab and two active and adorable cats.