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We Are Wolf

We Are Wolf is a 5 question interview format showcasing members of The Wolf School Community. From alumni to parents to donors to staff – we are all Wolf!

Maureen Kelly

Name: Maureen Kelly

Connection to Wolf: Founding & Current Board Member

Bio: Maureen has been working in the educational field for over 30 years. She is the Early Childhood Director at The Gordon School in East Providence and also a board member at the Wolf School. Maureen lives in Narragansett and whenever possible she likes to take walks along Narragansett Beach. She has a huge collection of heart-shaped rocks that she has been collecting for many years and now has friends that travel and bring them back from all over the world. When she is not working at the Gordon School she loves spending time with family.


What do you love about The Wolf School?

There are a lot of things I love about The Wolf School but I think what I love the most is that Wolf began because of Otto’s parents who wanted to create a school where all children could feel good about going school. Wouldn’t it be great if every school started with that goal in mind?

What have you done recently that you are proud of?

I went on a really challenging hike in Vermont with lots of steep areas. I kept wanting to stop, but I was determined to make it to the top. Once I got there it was all worth it since the view was spectacular. Coming down was much easier.

What helps you learn new things?

If I want to learn something new I first try to read about it before I do it. For example, I wanted to learn how to use a stand-up paddleboard but I was afraid of looking foolish trying to do it for the first time. I kept imagining falling in the water every time I tried to stand up. So I decided to read about it and then I watched a YouTube video on how to use the paddleboard and how to balance yourself so you would not fall. It really helped even though I did fall a few times.

What is your favorite form of movement?

I love to go for long walks. I think it is a great way to be outside, get some exercise and enjoy the things you see along the way.

Who is your role model?

My father was definitely a role model for me. He was always learning new things, he was nice to everyone he met and was always willing to help someone in need. He was very poor growing up and he instilled in us the notion of gratitude – to be thankful for what we had. He always wished he had the opportunity to become a teacher and I am sure that is why I wanted to be a teacher and make him proud. I have 4 sisters that are teachers and he would always tell us that we have the most important job anyone can have. I agree!!

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