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AYER — Sandra Woolley, a retired teacher with a doctorate degree in education, has been appointed to the School Committee. She will serve the rest of former member Marie Pinard’s unexpired term.

Woolley applied for the job when a position opened up in the past, but didn’t get the seat. At the Nov. 7 School Committee meeting, she said that she intends to run in the next election now that she’s on the committee.

A town resident for the last four years, Woolley said she moved here to live near her son and daughter-in-law and their two young sons, both of whom attend Ayer schools.

Her personal and professional experiences should help her “work well with the board,” she said, citing her résumé as a parent and educator.

She brought up three sons and began her teaching career as a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher in the mid-1980s in New York state. She was a district reading teacher, a writing teacher, then moved into administration, she said.

Woolley said she was a middle school principal before taking a year off to finish her doctorate. Her last job was at Pennsylvania University, where she worked for 14 years before retiring in 2003.

“I’m looking forward to serving the community,” she said.

After interviewing Woolley, the Board of Selectmen and School Committee, assembled in joint session, voted unanimously to appoint her. She sat in for the rest of the meeting. — M. E. Jones