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Lisa Brown Wellfleet

Lisa Brown. Photo by Luke Simpson

A day in the life of: Lisa Brown, teacher, activist, world traveler and founder of the Wellfleet OysterFest

By Allyson Plessner

In 1979, Lisa Brown found herself in Tehran, Iran three days before a hostage crisis broke out at the U.S. embassy. With the help of some kind strangers, an entire Air France flight was diverted to pick up Brown and bring her to safety in India. There, she spent a year taking classes and gaining invaluable life experience at Benares Hindu University, including a course with the Dalai Lama.

Many years and countries later, Brown is a teacher at Nauset Regional High School. Her immersive classes put her years of world travel, including trips to over 60 countries, to use. She lives with her wife, Deirdre, and their adorable puppy, Otis, in the Wellfleet house her father built—with chickens grazing outside, drums and eclectic artwork decorating the rooms, and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that give the entire space a feeling of comfort, ease and openness.

On a typical day, “I get up and feed the chickens,” Brown says, “and then I get to school very early in the morning and stay late to be accessible to the kids. I’m also involved in after-school programs like the Human Rights Academy and the Haiti Club.” Brown has been taking kids to an island off Haiti for 17 years now.

“Working with kids is the pinnacle of my passion. I love making a connection,” says Brown, a runner-up for the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Award.

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