Over the last twenty years, Ellen has worked as an English teacher and tutor in a variety of settings with K–12 and undergraduate students. Since 2017, she has had the pleasure of coaching at Main Street Scholars, helping students to improve their reading, writing, critical thinking, and test-taking skills.
Ellen loves finding out what interests each individual and motivates them to learn. She believes in a strength-based approach and modeling the attitude that imperfection is an essential part of the process of growth. She has found this to be key in furthering the development of student confidence and success.
Ellen earned her M.F.A. in English and Creative Writing from Mills College, where she received the Ardella Mills Prize for graduate composition in 2001, and her B.A. in American Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1994.
When she’s not teaching, you can find her hiking the coast with her dog Hal or working on the next chapter of her novel.