Ellen S.


An ESL-learner, Ellen taught herself how to write in cursive when she was seven years old after asking her teacher to bring her a computer printout of several different cursive fonts. Ever since then, she has been interested in words and the act of writing them down. She majored in English at Williams College, where she wrote her undergraduate thesis on Vladimir Nabokov; upon graduation, Ellen worked as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant at a secondary school in Madrid, Spain. She next received her PhD in English, with a focus on contemporary American literature, from Duke University.

 Ellen has worked as an editor, teacher, and tutor for over a decade. She has tutored Division I student athletes, advanced students in the humanities, international students ranging from first-year undergraduates to PhD students, and adult English-language learners. As a Lecturer on History and Literature at Harvard University, Ellen designed new courses on American Literature, co-taught several interdisciplinary courses, and won teaching awards at both the department and university level. Her core strengths include English, history, and writing for admissions. As a first-gen college graduate, she is also well-equipped to provide students from similar backgrounds with tips to navigate the world of higher education strategically. 

In her spare time, Ellen is an avid baker. Her specialties include chocolate chunk cookies and milk breads, which she enjoys sharing with friends and neighbors.

Education & Qualifications
  • Duke University, PhD in English
  • Williams College, BA in English 
  • English and Literature
  • Expository Writing and the Essay
  • History
  • Graduate Admissions