Meet Bill Wells, Statewide Training Manager
by School's Out Washington | | Posted under
Usually, when SOWA hires a new staff person, we like to have them write a quick blog post to introduce them to our community. So it might have been a surprise to close followers of SOWA, who might have noticed that we hired Bill Wells back in July and never mentioned him on the blog.
Well, he jumped heads first into his new role as Statewide Training Manager, planning out our Workshops for the fall, getting trained up to offer our Structural Racism and Youth Work Methods workshops, and developing his own trainings, such as Fundamentals of Supervision coming in early December. With all that going on, the blog post got a little… delayed.
Wait no more! Let’s meet Bill Wells, our new Statewide Training Manager.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in the mid-west where I graduated with a degree in secondary education. After several years working and living overseas, I returned to the United States and chose to plant myself firmly in Seattle, because of the natural beauty of the region, the ready access to the great outdoors, and the abundance of open minds. I have been here (happy and healthy) ever since.
What do you like to do in your own time?
I enjoy skiing, hiking, and camping. I love visiting our country’s national parks and traveling internationally whenever I can. During the long rainy Seattle winters, I enjoy learning, playing my guitar, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
What brought you to SOWA?
When I first moved to Seattle, I had the opportunity to manage a youth re-engagement program called Digital Bridge that worked with “at-risk,” out-of-school youth. Later, my career path led me to training, employee development and adult learning in local government. The opportunity to work with SOWA in this capacity is the perfect blend of my past experiences.
Tell us one thing you are proud of.
I am proud of the great work for the community that I have been privileged to be a part of while working on some amazing teams over the course of my career. I love working on high functioning teams and being a part of the synergy that is created when everyone is focused on the same goal and each person’s efforts and creativity are exponentially magnified through the effects of collaborative teamwork.
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