Name: Paul Ellinger
School and subjects taught: Payson Center for Success, math; Gila Community College, math
College degree and major: M.S. in mathematics from Cal State San Marcos, B.S. in physics from University of Washington
Years teaching: 10
Why do you teach? I enjoy the students. They are very nice to me. I get a kick out of seeing students and former students around town and watching them become mature men and women.
Personal motto / words of wisdom: Always try to tell the truth. This is harder than it would seem to be.
Family: My wife, Elaine; three children and six granddaughters
Pet peeve: Crowds and long trips
Favorite hobby or leisure activity: Walking in the forest behind my house.
Person in history you’d most like to meet and why: Albert Einstein. I’d like him to explain general relativity so I can understand it.
Why Payson? It’s dry air but not as hot or crowded as Phoenix. It is a small town so I am always meeting people I know. I spent most of my working years as an electronics engineer at Hughes Aircraft Co. in California.
In school, who was your favorite teacher and why? Mr. Mount, my high school physics teacher at Garfield High School in Seattle. He got me interested in physics and I got my B.S. in physics at the University of Washington in 1952.
What was your favorite subject in school and why? Mathematics because it’s like solving a puzzle. I happened to have a talent for it.
What was your favorite year in school and why? Sixth grade because when you graduated from sixth grade you got to tour the utility tunnels under the school. But we moved, and I finished sixth grade in Seattle.