Dear Mr. Wells

Dear Mr. Wells, is the saga of a lucky teacher, in which his students help capture the life-changing role effective educators play. Not only do teachers provide positive mentors, but also establish meaningful relationships from which their students grow. Despite the meager pay, educators have the most important job of them all, and the reward is significant: the knowledge that they made a difference. In Tom Wells’s first book, his students say it best; they are the true teachers.


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The following quote is taken from the preface. It is a letter from a graduate who help create my retirement gift, a collection of thank-you’s from past students, dating back to 1983. It motivated me to write my book.

     “This is a window into our perspective; this retirement gift’s purpose is to let you see yourself through our eyes. It’s our humble attempt to give you the kind of recognition you have so generously given us, time and time again – to bear witness to your accomplishments, the wisdom you shared, and the gestures of kindness you showed us. It’s not only a collection of letters; it’s a collection of our gratitude. We want to thank you for enriching our lives. But above all, I hope that every time you open this book, you will feel the love and gratitude we will always have for you. Our teacher, our mentor, our friend.”

Praise for Dear Mr. Wells

I just spent two very emotional hours reading Dear Mr. Wells. I proudly admit that I had to reach for the tissues on my desk several times. It will take a little time for me to put in words the many thoughts that are running through my head.
The majority of books about teaching and learning miss the most important factors that determine success. A successful teacher must be passionate about students and making a difference. Tom does an excellent job of highlighting those concepts succinctly and accurately.
Tom made me realize how much I miss being with kids every day. This book should be required reading for all teachers and anyone considering entering the profession. If the reader is not moved by Tom’s story and the mutual love and respect between Tom and his students, they may want to reconsider their career choice.
Any educator who reads this book will experience the same emotional roller coaster I did and will be rejuvenated and empowered to continue in the most important and noblest profession—teaching!
Additionally, I think anyone who cares about our educational system (which includes parents, taxpayers, politicians, and students) would benefit from reading this book and understanding its message.

—Jim Anastasio, Superintendent Augusta Schools