Elizabeth (Ellie) brings a decade of experience in and outside of the classroom. She also brings lived experience of being a student in low-income public schools in Southern California. She credits her experience as an Upward Bound scholar with giving her the ability to obtain a BA degree at UCLA in English Literature and inspiring her to pursue a career in Education. After graduating from UCLA in 2014, Ellie wanted to dive deep into the public education world and moved to Boston to learn from the “best” public education system in the country. She served as a corps member for City Year Boston and worked on literacy interventions with 5th-grade students at an elementary school in Dorchester. When she wrapped up her year of service, she worked as a teaching assistant at the Orchard Gardens K-8 in Roxbury.
Before coming to the Rennie Center, Ellie worked at Generation Citizen (GC), a project-based civics education organization where she partnered with school districts all over the commonwealth to implement GC’s action-based civics curriculum. She also helped pass legislation in 2018 that would require students to participate in a civics education course in 8th grade and once again in high school. Through this work, Ellie realized her passion for making education equitable for low-income students of color through policy and programmatic initiatives. After five years at GC, she pursued her graduate degree in Education Policy and Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring New England and cheering on her favorite sports teams (Patriots, Dodgers, and USWNT) with her partner and their puppy Theo.