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High School | English | Essay Writing | Reading Comprehension | ACT/SAT English

Over the last twenty years, Ellen has worked as an English instructor 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 is also an experienced College Essay Specialist. She offers workshops and 1:1 sessions, both in person and online. It’s her belief that the process of applying to colleges can be filled with self-discovery rather than dread, and she genuinely enjoys mentoring students at this time. Ellen’s students have been accepted to the top 20 Universities, including the Ivy League.

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 with her dog Hal or working on the next chapter of her novel.

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