Ellen has worked as a reading teacher, grant writer, and school counselor for 14 years in New Hampshire. She later relocated to Southeast Asia where she coordinated the admissions process for international families and served as the student and family counselor for families at the Jakarta Intercultural School in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the Taipei American School in Taipei, Taiwan. Ellen and her husband returned to Boston in 2010 to be closer to their extended family.
From the moment Ellen set foot on the Brimmer campus, she was impressed with the strong sense of community and the global studies programming throughout all divisions. She admires the Brimmer teachers for their expertise in teaching and use of methods that are current, tried and true, and based in solid research. Her favorite part about working at Brimmer is meeting parents during the admissions interview process and talking with them about the way Brimmer’s Lower School programs connect students to each other, the wider Brimmer community, and the world. Ellen enjoys attending student presentations, visiting classrooms, and watching students play on the playground. She loves the way Brimmer’s Lower School preserves childhood and stretches students so that they become “swept away” with what they are learning.
Ellen holds certifications from the state of New Hampshire as an Experienced Educator for grades K-8 and Guidance and Counseling for grades K-12. She is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE), and SEARCH Associates, an organization for international educators, where she serves as a resource to teaching interns about to embark on a first year of overseas teaching.
Her strong interest in cultural anthropology/social psychology has led her to take courses through Primary Source and participate in Museum of Fine Arts lectures as part of her lifelong learning. Ellen is outdoors as much as possible, regularly kayaking along Cape Cod’s bayside beaches. She volunteers with the Brewster Conservation Trust (ponds coalition), works on local election campaigns, and is a member of a teachers’ writers group.