Ellen Rose: Education and Work Experiences
Prior to Teaching at City School
Ellen went to college in Boston and earned a special education undergraduate degree. She started her career working in a special needs rehabilitation center at a residential school in New Hampshire. Ellen worked there for five years and along the way she completed her masters in special education. Then Ellen took a job in a Brattleboro public school working within a commissioner designated multi-handicap program. She found that setting to be a much better for her skills and interests and she ended up working there for three years. At that point in time she received a fellowship at the University of Vermont (UVM) to earn a certificate of advanced graduate study. At UVM, Ellen became a part of a new program called the homecoming project where she and four other teachers were trained to go into schools and move special needs children back into regular classrooms. Once the program the program was completed Ellen expected to become a college teacher or a special education director. However, those plans changed when her father died at age 57 of a brain tumor. It was such a saddening and stressful experience that it ended up changing her academic trajectory. Ellen found that she did not have the focus needed to advance her career and she ended up instead sticking to being a special educator. Ellen is glad that she did because she came to learn that those other careers did not have the one-on-one experiences that she wanted with kids. Doing one-on-one special education teaching at St. Albans City School has been a perfect fit for Ellen for the last 30 years.