In between high school and college, Ellie traveled to South America, where she worked on a 500-acre cloud forest preserve in Ecuador, lived at a research station accessible only on foot, and hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru.
After graduating from college, she led 12 high school students on a bike trip across the United States (from Savannah, GA to Santa Monica, CA) as a leader for Overland. Two weeks later, she moved to a small town in the Swiss Alps to begin her teaching career.
She has an undergraduate degree from Williams College, a masters degree from Teachers College at Columbia University, and 10 years of experience teaching, coaching, and leading service and outdoor education trips at independent day and boarding schools.
Ellie grew up in Japan, England, and Italy, has led students on trips to Canada, the UK, and South Africa, and has traveled extensively throughout Europe and to India, Nepal, Tibet, South Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Tanzania, Morocco, Ecuador, Peru, Honduras, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. Ellie serves on the Board of Advisors of the American Gap Association, a nonprofit accreditation and standards-setting organization for gap year programs.