Ellen E. Pastorino (Ph.D., School Psychology, Florida State University) is a developmental psychologist who teaches psychology classes at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Pastorino has won numerous teaching awards, including the University of Georgia, Board of Regents Distinguished Professor; the NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award; and Valencia's Teaching and Learning Excellence Award. She has authored test banks, instructor manuals, and student study guides, and has published research in the Journal of Adolescent Research and Adolescence. While working as a consultant for IBM Corporation she developed numerous educational materials for teachers and students. However, her main passion has always been to get students excited about the field of psychology.