Anjali Wells received her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Master of Art Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. Anjali also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Equity and Excellence in Education from McDaniel College. She has been a Highly Qualified Art Educator for Montgomery County Public Schools since 2013. In 2013, she developed an arts-based mindfulness program for at-risk elementary students which proved to reduce the number of office infractions of participants. Anjali was the site coordinator and lead teaching artist for Explore, Create, Connect at Briggs Chaney Middle School, a program made possible by a Trawick Foundation Grant that collaborated with Arts on the Block, Impact Silver Spring, and Clancyworks Dance company to provide struggling students with arts based community engagement. The program proved to improve participant’s self-esteem, a sense of belonging in the school community, and ultimately their attendance and GPA. In 2019, Anjali worked as a contributor to the Smithsonian Freer Sackler Museum’s Freeman project writing curriculum resources for the gallery’s Chinese art collection. Additionally, she provides professional development annually through the Maryland Art Education Association. Anjali currently serves on the MCPS Fine Arts curriculum team.