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 from Duke University. Since then, Ellen has been teaching American Literature in the History and Literature department at Harvard 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. At Harvard, Ellen has 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.
Like many others, Ellen became an avid baker during the pandemic. Her specialties include chocolate chunk cookies infused with floral flavors, like rosewater, and fluffy milk breads. She enjoys sharing treats with friends and neighbors, and looks forward to sharing them with her clients once pandemic restrictions are lifted.