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.

What Kids Are Reading – 2013

Reading opens a world of ideas and insights to kids–and adults as well. Often, when a child is asked to select a book to read–and possibly write a report about–he or she has no idea where to begin to find a good book.

This is a great link if you want to know the reasons kids give for choosing reading materials “on their own.” They read not only suggestions made by friends, but also those made by librarians, parents and grandparents, and anyone else who has a positive influence on their lives.

Need some help in guiding them to materials? The Renaissance Learning link below contains some great information–especially on how students choose independent reading materials.

What Kids Are Reading – 2013

Encourage kids to read, and be prepared to guide their choice of reading material!


Duncan to Congress: Giving States Flexibility is Working | ED.gov Blog | Eleanore’s Ramblings…

Duncan to Congress: Giving States Flexibility is Working | ED.gov Blog | Eleanore’s Ramblings….

Yes, this is a repost from another blog site, originally from the Department of Education blog site at http://ed.gov/blog.  This particular post caught my eye because it speaks to a more local level of control over appropriate educational programming, based on each state’s specific educational needs.  Through participation in the Common Core of Data (CCD) via the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES, at http://nces.ed.gov/ccd), the comparison of learned skills continues so that states monitor their students’ educational achievements against those of students in other states, but they do so differently than was originally proscribed by NCLB.  Unlike in NCLB which stressed a single test to measure progress across the nation, a program of how and what is taught and assessed is developed locally, by administrators and officials who know their population best.


How to Be the Teacher Your Students Will Never Forget – Become A Nanny

Whether you are a teacher or a nanny, you work with kids.  Kids of all ages require certain things before they consider you a memorable teacher.  Click over to the blog below.  The author summarizes the ideals we would all like to strive for, many of which have been addressed in previous posts on this site.

How to Be the Teacher Your Students Will Never Forget – Become A Nanny.

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