A former classroom teacher of preschool children and elementary students, Dr. Michael J. Bell has been a school district early childhood program director and a state-level administrator of early childhood programs in Arizona. He believes in the importance of understanding child development, critical thinking in school and the profound power of play in development, growth, and learning. Dr. Bell has presented professionally throughout the United States and internationally. He is a member of The Association for the Study of Play, the International Play Association, and the American Association for the Child's Right to Play. His scholarly interests include the study of play in the liberal arts and the physical and psychological benefits of play across the life span.