Ellen is a Science/Physical Geography trained teacher who has studied at both Canterbury and Victoria Universities. Ellen began her teaching career within the tertiary sector as a business lecturer at ARA Institute of Canterbury where she managed a Diploma Programme, a postgrad Business Resource Efficiency Programme and managed the research outputs for the Faculty of Commerce, as Research Chair. During that time, Ellen was seconded as a lecturer to Lincoln University and has also been a Teaching Fellow for the Geography Department at the University of Canterbury. Prior to Ellen’s appointment at St Andrew's College, Ellen taught Geography and Education for Sustainability at Cashmere High School for seven years. She also held the roles of GATE Co-ordinator and Assistant Principal’s Nominee while at Cashmere High School.
Ellen’s current roles at St Andrew's College include:
Ellen has had a long-standing appreciation for the natural world. An outdoors enthusiast and caver in her younger years, and a member of Search and Rescue as a caver, Ellen spent much of her younger adult life exploring New Zealand’s hinterland. Ellen’s academic studies have taken her to ‘far off’ places such as Antarctica. Her Master of Science thesis was based on sustainable development of commercial activities within the Antarctic environment. Ellen commenced a PhD investigating Antarctic ice utilisation in 2005. Currently on hold due to her return to the secondary sector in 2008, it is Ellen’s aim to recommence doctoral studies in 2020 with an amended focus to climate change and land use with Victoria University. Ellen’s interest in individual and collective action around global climate change started in 1997 prior to commencing an MSc. She presented as an MSc student at New Zealand’s first State of the Environment conference in 2001 after her research trip to Antarctica. She was a member of the Tertiary Sustainability Cluster for seven years. Ellen is a current member of the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education and the Philosophy Teachers’ Association.