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About Me

Missouri-based educational consultant Willy Wood acts as a writer, speaker, advisor, and teacher while also performing the duties of president at Open Mind Technologies, Inc. A regular guest at domestic and international brain and education conferences, Wood educates academic professionals about effective teaching techniques. Using state-of-the-art research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, he analyzes the biological components of learning and develops classroom methods that utilize the latest information in the field. Furthermore, under the pseudonym W.W. Wood, Willy Wood recently put some of his ideas into print with “The Rock and Roll Classroom.” This book explores the ways in which music can both control and energize classrooms. He is also the publisher of the website, which extends the content found in the book.

Prior to launching Open Mind Technologies, Willy Wood earned a bachelor of science in English, physical education, and history from Southeast Missouri State University, as well as a Master of Arts in English from the same institution. For over a decade, he taught English, literature, and writing for Missouri schools. Subsequently, he became the Communication Arts Consultant for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. While with the agency, Wood created the Curriculum Frameworks for Communication Arts and implemented the state’s first intensive Kindergarten to third grade professional development model for literacy instruction.


  • Educational Consultant
  • Workshop Presenter
  • Freelance Educational Researcher/Writer


Educational Consultant

Open Mind Technologies, Inc.
July 2000 to July 2012
  • Educational Consultant and Speaker


Ph.D. work

University of Missouri--Columbia
August 1990 to May 1995

While working on a Ph.D. in Creative Writing, Willy Wood taught classes in World Literature, Composition and Rhetoric, Fiction Writing, and Poetry Writing.

Masters in English

Bread Loaf School of English
June 1988 to August 1990

Additional Masters work in English


Southeast Missouri State University
September 1982 to May 1985

Masters degree in English

B.S. in Education

Southeast Missouri State University
September 1975 to May 1980

Double major in English and Physical Education, teaching minor in History


  • I also love good music, especially contemporary jazz and blues