About Dr. Ellie

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.

“Teachers’ summers off …” – from The Washington Post

Let us dispel the myth that teachers have the summer “off.” It seems things haven’t changed much since I left K-12 teaching more than a decade ago. And, according to this article, teacher summers are the same in other parts of the world, as well.

First, put to rest the “fact” that teachers get paid for the summer. Teachers may arrange to be paid through the summer by requesting their 9-month salary be distributed over 12 months. Thus, they do not get paid for the summer. Big difference.

Second, because teacher pay is so low and the daily time expenditure during the school year huge, many teachers must seek additional employment during the summer months to make ends meet, to pay for student loans, to pay for graduate and professional development courses, etc. Those teachers who can afford it attend university for graduate and post-baccalaureate education courses to fulfill state credentialing requirements, which are ongoing.

But you probably already know all this. Read on.

Teachers’ summers off squeezed by second jobs, training – The Washington Post.

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Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002/12) Third Follow-Up Field Test Report

Are you interested in research? Or just want to be the first to know what’s been happening to U.S. students who were high school sophomores in 2002? The ELS:2002/12 third follow-up report was just released, and has lots of answers about this cohort. Just click on the link below to go directly to the NCES official publication site.

Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002/12) Third Follow-Up Field Test Report.


5/23-5/24 Safe & Supportive Schools Webinar Event: “Implementing New Programs—The Impact of Current Practice” | U.S. Department of Education

Thought I would share this with anyone interested in knowing about this webinar. Registration information is included in the briefing.

Up front, I am including the intended audience:

“This webinar is appropriate for school district superintendents and allied staff, school administrators, school climate teams, school improvement teams, student support personnel and any staff engaged in leading change.”

via 5/23-5/24 Safe & Supportive Schools Webinar Event: “Implementing New Programs—The Impact of Current Practice” | U.S. Department of Education.