Hi, and welcome! I'm Dr. Ellie.
I have a doctorate in educational psychology. For over 13 years, I taught middle school level special education, reading, and social studies. My special education specialties include learning, behavioral, and emotional challenges.
For 12 years, I taught at the post-secondary level, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. My main area of university teaching is research and educational psychology, and I consult on dissertation methods and analysis. Most recently, I was a mentor of doctoral learners at the University of Phoenix. Currently, I am residing in the country of St. Maarten in the Dutch Caribbean, where I have become involved in special education consulting.
Hobbies include reading (especially reading and critiquing young adult fiction), quilting, and crochet. I also enjoy walking, art museums, great music (from classical to contemporary), and exploring new local places. I love photography, and am trying my hardest to become a passable picture snapper.
We’ve all watched plenty of TV crime drama episodes that deal with foster children–mostly those who fall through the cracks. Somehow, the kids on TV always manage to beat the odds and overcome all adversity to become part of a super-duper foster family that encourages them to succeed and supports their positive efforts. Maybe that’s why foster children have been so low on the “education concerns” problem list. Finally, someone is looking at these kids as being both redeemable and currently in crisis.
Re-posted below is the blog from ed.gov that highlights the road to improvement for foster youth. Let’s hope for continued success!
Teaching Tolerance is one of my favorite educational web sites. Mixing it up is one of the best ways to learn about differences in people. I’m sharing a blog from an art teacher that fostered the development of a group work of art. Read on for a super idea!