Jane Ellsworth Olive

A retired educator from Las Vegas, Nevada, Jane Ellsworth Olive has always possessed a great passion for learning and sharing, one that includes a love of nature, music, the arts, literature, history, politics, religious studies, archaeology and anthropology. Jane went to school at John S. Park and graduated from Las Vegas High School in 1956. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Mills College in World Religions and Philosophy with a minor in music. Later, she earned a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology as well as a Master of Education degree in Special Education from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. It was also there that she completed her PhD in the field of Cultural Anthropology. Certified in Montessori methods, Jane’s teaching career included creating special education programs for new-born infants and their families, primary grade children, and instructing on the university and college levels. She is published in the field of early childhood special education and conducted many early childhood parent training classes for childcare providers as well as the public. Over the years, Jane has participated in local music organizations and in theater arts as well as at church and in the Nevada Women’s History Project. Her children and grandchildren continue to reside in Southern Nevada.


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