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Educator bio - Ellen Mayer

January 08, 2003

Ellen D. Mayer

School psychologist

Washington County Public Schools

Family: Daughters Colleen and Carroll.

Education: Master's plus 45 from Radford University and University of Virginia.

Mentor: Jan Krell, psychology professor at Concord College.

Favorite part of the job: "Working with the students throughout their public school careers. I have worked long enough to see some of my students travel from kindergarten to high school graduation."

Biggest challenges of your job: "Finding time to accomplish all the demands of five schools and being able to inform parents of their child's problems so that they can start to see the problems as solvable."

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Favorite music: Classical, jazz, folk, bluegrass and vintage rock.

Favorite car: Miata convertible.

Reading now: "Aiding and Abetting" by Muriel Spark.

Last movie seen: "The Importance of Being Earnest."

Favorite TV show: "NOW" with Bill Moyer and "Sunday Morning" with Charles Osgood.

Hobbies: Travel, downhill skiing, reading, hiking, attending plays and concerts, acting in community theater and restoration of vintage properties.

If you could meet anyone in history, who would it be? "Dr. Albert Schweitzer. I have always admired his intellect, talent and determination to reach goals for himself and mankind."

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