Darren T. Wells
Instructional Middle School Science Teacher Leader for Boston Public Schools
Mr. Wells, appropriately called the “Nutty Professor” provides mentoring and training to new and veteran teachers in the middle school science curriculum for the Boston Public Schools and abroad. He is currently an integrated science instructional teacher leader for the past 24 years as well as the Department Chairperson at the award winning Blue Ribbon nationally recognized extended day James P. Timilty Middle School in Roxbury.
“It is not difficult to find him with his lab coat on asking his student’s “What do you know and how do you know it?” But more importantly what lies underneath this white lab coat is not just a man with an eclectic attire for fashion, or a man with an extraordinary will for his students to achieve/succeed or a man who has a high professional regard amongst his colleagues-but a person who truly believes everyday “he goes forth to make a positive impact in the lives of those who parent’s have entrusted him unto.” He has taught in several areas in Hampton, Virginia, Hempstead, Long Island-New York and Brookline, Massachusetts. He firmly believes that this is the best time in education for teaching and learning of science and mathematics. Exposing teachers and students to technology and showing them how to integrate hands on/mind on activities across the curriculum is crucial. Recently, he has presented for organizations such as NSTA, Morehouse College Boston Alumni, Adodi, Boston Public.
Mr. Wells is involved in many community/professional activities and has received numerous awards and grants. In 2018, he will serve in his sixth term as Class Alumni Leader for Hampton University Class of 1988. In 2014 he earned the Building Representative of the Year from the BTU66. In 2015 and 2014 he was an Einstein Fellow finalist. In 2006-2015 he was selected to serve on the Teacher Advisory Council for the National Academies of Science. In 2008 he was selected as one of Boston’s first Co-horts of Science Educational Fellow. In 2005, he became the first teacher in Massachusetts to receive the MetLife Foundation Ambassadors in Education Award. As such, he earned a $5,000 grant for his school. He is also, the only African American male throughout the entire country in 2004 to receive the U.S. Presidential Award in Science and Mathematics. For twenty plus years, he has worked tireless supporting his school’s Promising Pen Pals writing program and Science Fair mentoring partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is an officer/member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts, Black Educators Alliance of Massachusetts, Network of Educator in Science and Technology at M.I.T., Tufts, Boston University and a Harvard Medical School Teacher/Mentor Fellow. He is an avid bike rider and does community charity benefit for the