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Name: Maurilee Walker

College you went to, major and degree: BA and MA in elementary education, Winona State University, Minn. and National Board certification in early childhood development.

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Maurilee Walker

Where/what do you teach now? Pine-Strawberry Elementary School, first grade and gifted.

Years teaching: 16

Why do you teach? To plant seeds of learning and watch my students "bloom" -- it's magical!

Personal motto / words of wisdom: "If you think you can you can't, if you think you can't, you're right!" ~Mary Kay Ash

Family: Husband, Tom. Children: Chris (wife is Deb), Todd and Mary (husband is Liam). Grandbabies: Jocelyn and Aidan.

Pet peeve: People who show up late and stay too long.

Favorite hobby or leisure activity: Art, travel and grandbabies.

Why the Rim Country? To be near our daughter and son-in-law and grandbabies. Living in this area is like Minnesota, where we are from, without all the snow.

Person in history you'd most like to meet and why:Eleanor Roosevelt. She was a brilliant woman and cared about people. I love her quote, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

In school, who was your favorite teacher and why? Mr. Bryden, fifth- and eighth-grade reading. He was encouraging and taught me to have high expectations, a good work ethic and always do my best.

What was your favorite subject in school and why? Reading. I enjoy fiction with strong or interesting characters and historical settings. Reading is relaxing.

What was your favorite year in school and why? My senior year in high school everything just "clicked." I was editor of the school paper and loved working with a great group of kids.

Feature teachers receive $25 in gift certificates, courtesy of Chili's Bar and Restaurant in Payson.

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