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6” x 9″
106 pages
Paperback, $14.95
ISBN 978-1-63381-170-6


by Tom 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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“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



Born to a family of seven and raised in a small town in New York, Tom Wells graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine in 1976. That day, he was informed that the Augusta School System wanted to hire him to teach English. He accepted their offer, and forty-one years later he captures his experience in his first book, Dear Mr. Wells. Along with the help of many of his students, he explores the teaching profession and its contribution to the development of a meaningful, confident individual. His own students, along with some “interesting” anecdotes, prove that an effective educator is a world-changer.

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