"We are so happy to welcome these new faculty members to Ellis,劳伦·拉斯松说, Assistant Head of School and Director of Teaching and Learning. "They each bring a wealth of knowledge and experience, and will bring so much to their classrooms. We’re excited that they are part of the Ellis community and look forward to learning from them and with them throughout the year.”
高中化学老师Bonnie Book: Ms. 书是B.S. 他是匹兹堡大学化学专业的硕士.Ed. 来自杜肯大学. She began her teaching career in Maryland before pursuing opportunities in international education. After teaching chemistry and biology in five different countries, she is returning to the Pittsburgh area and is honored to be joining the faculty at Ellis. 在教室之外，她喜欢打网球, 滑雪, 阅读, 和她的狗一起探索这个城市.
Leo Chen, AP Computer Science Teacher and FIRST LEGO League Coach: 陈是一名来自德克萨斯州的工程师和教育家. 他们得了B.S. in Engineering from Olin College, and they spent the last four years in a Ph.D. program at Carnegie Mellon University, where they earned their M.S. 软件工程. In their free time, Chen likes music (singing and violin), sudoku, and crochet. They are excited to be here at Ellis and can't wait to share the world of computing with their students!
Christine Fashion，初中视觉艺术老师: Ms. 时尚为她赢得了M.F.A. 从俄亥俄州立大学和B.F.A. from Pennsylvania State University, both with a focus in Ceramics. 在加入Ellis之前，Ms. Fashion attended multiple artists in residency programs in the United States and worked in both Europe and Asia writing about contemporary exhibition design. 她是匹兹堡人. Fashion is returning to her hometown after ten years with her partner Jacob and two dogs, 基大和以亚. She is thrilled to join the community at Ellis and to be a part of the Art Department’s creative space.
临时高中英语教师Ashlee Geesaman: Ms. Geesaman持有一个M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Point Park University and a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing from Elizabethtown College. 在加入Ellis之前，Ms. Geesaman designed and wrote curriculum for an online charter school, 在那之前，她教高中英语. 在教室外，mrs. Geesaman喜欢写日记, 阅读, 恐怖电影, 和她的配偶共度时光, 他们的两个孩子, 虹膜和柳树(信誉第一网投平台学院2030届毕业生), 他们的房子里满是动物. She is excited to become an active member of the Ellis community, and she is passionate about providing every student with a high-quality education.
Jennifer Hensler, 中学/上学校 World Language: Ms. Hensler is a Pittsburgh native who recently moved back after teaching 中学 Spanish in Newport 新闻, 退伍军人事务部工作了十三年. Prior to her time in Virginia, she graduated summa cum laude from Slippery Rock University with a B.A. 中学教育和西班牙语. A semester in Spain and summer in France sparked a love of travel and she has since spent time in sixteen different countries. She loves to enjoy the outdoors by hiking, camping, and kayaking. Ms. Hensler is excited to be home and thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of the Ellis community.
中学舞蹈老师Kontara Morphis: Ms. Morphis is a graduate of LaRoche University with a bachelor’s degree in dance. She is a resilient visionary who has an undying passion for the arts. 拥有超过15年的舞蹈经验, 艺术教育家, 和舞蹈指导, she is also the Artistic Director of K-Theatre Dance Complex, a dance company that provides quality dance instruction in several major areas of dance. Ms. Morphis’ students have been a part of a myriad of dance performances, 会议, 合作, 艺术展示. 2018年. Morphis was awarded with a Transformative Teaching Artist Award, 2021年，她获得了BIPOC艺术家小额资助. 最近，Ms。. Morphis was announced as a 2024 CSA Resident Artist with the New Hazlett Theater. Ms. Morphis is excited to be joining the Ellis community as the 中学 Dance Teacher.
Sarah Rouhier，四年级老师: Ms. Rouhier目前正在获得硕士学位.F.A. in Children’s Literature from Hollins University and holds bachelor’s degrees in both elementary education and 英语 from Wheeling Jesuit University. She is a National Board certified teacher with more than a decade of teaching experience. Ms. Rouhier moved to Pittsburgh from Wheeling, WV in 2021 and has taught most recently for Mt. 黎巴嫩公立学校. She is excited to bring her passions for social-emotional and problem-based learning to Ellis. 在她的业余时间, 她喜欢一切有创意的东西, 包括写作, 插图, 室内设计. Her favorite place to visit in the city is Phipps Conservatory, where she and her husband find inspiration for their own gardening.
幼稚园课堂助理利亚·汤普森: Ms. Thompson joins Ellis' pre-kindergarten team after working in the on-site child care center, 第五大道家庭托儿中心, 14年来. She grew up in Georgia and graduated from Agnes Scott College with a B.A. 社会学与人类学. After college, she taught 英语 and HIV/AIDS prevention as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon. 在搬到匹兹堡之前. 汤普森住在华盛顿特区.C. where she was a program manager for the International Rescue Committee's refugee resettlement program. 自从搬到匹兹堡, she has learned that she loves working with our youngest learners and she is very happy to continue to be a part of the Ellis community in her new role. 在她的空闲时间. Thompson enjoys 阅读, traveling, trying new foods, and spending time outside.