Shelley is the founder of Wildflower School. She has worked with children since 1990 in a variety of roles, including teacher, tutor, nanny, and volunteer mentor. She received a MAT from Duke University and BA in English & Storytelling from Meredith College. 

Shelley is actively engaged in contributing to the creation a world-wide network of Reggio Emilia preschool educators and works to gather resources for those engaged in Reggio teaching. She is deeply interested in documenting, through photos and words, the learning of young children and making their thinking visible to themselves, their families and the community. She is also committed to creating a program which fully immerses families in the school environment. The 20/21 school year was Shelley's last year teaching children. She is now fully dedicating herself to directing the Wildflower School, training teachers and farming her

34-acre spot of heaven.

Shelley lives in Chapel Hill and actively works to create community wherever she goes through organizations such as the Red Boot Coalition. She and her partner Kevin are also fierce advocates of citizens' rights, and you can often find them at a local town council meeting! They also love color runs!

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Shelley Welch,
Founder, Educator