Senior Field Instructor
Coming from a family of animated storytellers and dedicated educators, Ella has always had an affinity for stories and questions. At the University of Vermont she studied education with a concentration in English. After graduating she could have gone straight into the classroom, armed with content and a license to teach, but Ella felt that she hadn’t done enough exploring of her own to be the teacher she wanted to be. She moved to Spain, backpacked through Mexico, ran a coffee shop, and went wherever the questions took her (collecting good stories along the way).
While working at an outdoor science school in Southern California, Ella began to realize the power of nature. Even the most challenging students seemed to thrive among the Ponderosas and Jeffrey trees. When someone suggested she look into wilderness therapy, it felt like a natural next step. Now in the field, Ella both hears and shares unending numbers of stories and questions with the students who are working tirelessly to understand both themselves and the world they live in.
In her free time Ella loves dangling on ropes hundreds of feet off the ground, reading, and getting too competitive in games of dogs and spike ball. Her extensive “to do” list in life includes, but is not limited to building her own home, writing a book, learning to ice climb, and mastering a martial art.