Owner & Director, BS and MA in SPCED

Denise Allen is the mother of two children, (Nadia Paul and Cole Allen), and grandmother to three precious grand-daughters,  (Raya, Camille, and Etta).   She purchased Wee Wisdom in 1988 from the original owner.  (Her Mother, Nadene Phillips).   Denise earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Ball State University in 1975 and received her Indiana State Teaching License in Special Education (Mildly Mentally Handicapped, Moderately Mentally Handicapped, Severe/Profoundly Mentally Handicapped, and Multiply Handicapped), grades K-12.  She completed her Master of Arts Degree in 1977 in the area of Learning Disabilities K-12.  She taught in the Muncie public schools from 1975 through 1979 in a primary classroom for children with multiple special needs.  In 1979, she moved to Rockford, Maryland and taught in a Diagnostic Learning Center in Silver Spring.  She returned to Indiana in 1980 and began teaching at Ball State University as an instructor in the Department of Special Education.  She taught both undergraduate and graduate courses over the course of several years, but eventually resigned from Ball State to accept a administrative position at Rise Special Services on the south side of Indianapolis.  She was the Department Head of the “Mildly Mentally Handicapped” Programs over four townships from 1982-1988:  Perry, Decatur, Franklin, and Beech Grove.  In 1988, after her mother, Nadene Phillips, retired and placed Wee Wisdom up for sale,  Denise moved back to Muncie, purchased Wee Wisdom, and has been happily directing the school and child care for the past 28 years.  From 1988 through 1990, Denise returned to Ball State to teach evening classes as a second job.  As Wee Wisdom grew, she sadly had to leave her Ball State position for the second time and devote her full time attention to Wee Wisdom.  Denise has been a member of the Yorktown United Methodist Church since childhood.  She served on the Staff Parish Committee as a member and as the Director.  Denise values teaching children the importance of community service and, in addition to developing a very comprehensive curriculum for all classes at Wee Wisdom, she also provides students and their parents with opportunities to “give back” to the Delaware County community through donations and services.  Please refer to information listed under “Meridian Health Services” in our “About Us” Section.