Elise grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and graduated from Denison University in 2006 with majors in English Literature and Education, as well as a minor in French. For the past two years, Elise has worked at The Howard School in kindergarten, 6th and 7th grades, and summer academic enrichment programs. She is trained in Singapore Math, Habits of Mind, Positive Discipline, and Read & Write Gold. At the Howard School, Elise founded a Chess Club for middle school students and also taught summer dance enrichment classes. Prior to working at The Howard School, Elise was a Program Director for Jumpstart, a national early childhood literacy non-profit that prepares preschoolers from low-income families for kindergarten by partnering them with trained college student volunteers. At Jumpstart, Elise ran many new and developing programs, and she has extensive experience with service learning program development, community and family outreach, volunteer management, and curriculum design. Working at Jumpstart brought Elise close to the challenges of many underserved Atlanta neighborhoods and schools, and she is committed to engaging students in projects that help them understand how to be good stewards of their communities.
Elise has also been a ballet dancer since a young age and enjoys connecting movement to learning across all subject areas. She is an avid reader and writer, and this love of literacy in and out of the classroom led her to begin her M.Ed. in Literacy this spring through Lesley University. She will also earn a concentration in arts integration, which is a foundation of her approach to lesson planning. In her spare time, Elise enjoys spending time with her family, including her dog Kinsey.