After nearly seven years as an attorney, I finally realized that teaching was my true passion. During my almost ten years as a teacher, I have taught a variety of subjects, including English 9, English 11 (American Literature), Ancient World History, American Government, Speech, and Journalism, Media Communication, and Digital Literacy. I also enjoyed 14 years of coaching and coordinating SMA's amazing Mock Trial program.
During the past four years, I embarked on a new journey into instructional technology. As SMA's Instructional Tech Coach, I have delved giddily into the world of instructional technology in an effort to serve my students and colleagues. And as an adjunct instructor at Concordia University in Portland, I have enjoyed working with pre-service teachers on their skills in educational technology. I am an Apple Distinguished Educator (Class of 2017), Apple Learning Specialist, and an Apple Teacher and I love attending and presenting at conferences, and connecting with other educators through Twitter.
In my down time, I am an avid reader and a horse enthusiast, when I am not marveling at my incredible husband and daughter.
I am a Learning Specialist, High School English instructor, and Teacher Researcher in Portland, Oregon. I received my M.Ed. from Lewis and Clark College, where I serve as an adjunct instructor. In addition to my full-time teaching in the classroom, I facilitate three Teacher-Research groups for SMA teachers. I write for Lead Literacy and Choice Literacy, and you can read more about my story at on the Huffington Post: "Ellie Gilbert: You Are Worth Something". I also present regularly at regional and national educational and technology conferences.