Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Ellie pursued her B.A. in English and minor in Teaching from the University of Central Arkansas and then her M.Ed. in
Educational Equity from the University of Arkansas. Before leaving the classroom to pursue organizing full time, she was a classroom educator and department head for over three years.
Ellie taught 7th and 8th grade English in Arkansas and in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago. Due to her successful implementation of SEL in her
classroom and the strong relationships she developed with her students and their families, she was recruited by the state of Arkansas to help develop the
Department of Education’s G.U.I.D.E. for Life, their statewide SEL curriculum. During her years in teaching, she used her free time to organize the queer population of central Arkansas to protest, petition, and secure mutual aid. Her work in organizing resulted in a photo of her protesting against anti-trans legislation in Arkansas being used as the cover photo in statewide news coverage. As an E4E organizer, she firmly believes in the power of collective organizing and voice.