Honoree John Wells stands holding his certificate with Superintendent Dr. Greene and representatives from Embry-Riddle

Baldwin Middle-High educator selected as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Northeast Florida Aviation Instructor of the Year

Jan. 18, 2022 – Known for challenging, guiding and inspiring his students, a Baldwin Middle-High educator has been recognized as the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Northeast Florida Aviation Instructor of the Year.

John Wells, who has served as a certified instructor with Embry-Riddle’s Gaetz Aerospace Institute for eight years, was recognized this month by the School Board for his accomplishment.  

Each year, an instructor who exemplifies the qualities established by Embry-Riddle receives this honor.

Leaders with the organization describe Wells as a teacher who knows how to maintain a positive and structured classroom while still allowing his students the opportunity to have fun. New instructors in his region are invited to his classroom to witness the culture he has created, which provides a model for quality in and out of the classroom.

“One of the hallmarks of this instructor’s class [is] the positive inclusive classroom environment created,” states Regional Manager Kelly Barrera. “Students surprise him by decorating doors during homecoming, bring[ing] in family favorite treats and doodads that remind them of their favorite teacher. Some of them left distance learning, just so that they would not miss their aerospace classes.”

Wells said he hopes to inspire students to “see beyond their day to day and to see the possibilities ahead.”

Congratulations, John Wells, for this great accomplishment.

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