Ellen straddles the worlds of robotics and theology, Kindergarten through 6th grade learners and Research Fellows at the Baden Academy Charter School Media Lab, 9th-12th graders and faculty at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic Create Lab, and undergraduates at Duquesne University. She is a small business owner (Grow a Generation, LLC) and community advocate (director of the Beaver County STEM Education Coalition). She is passionate about making meaningful projects possible to parents, coaches, and teachers that empower K-16 kids to play with robotics, game design, exponential technologies, and all things STEM. Her mission is to grow a generation of innovative critical thinkers, able to collaborate with gracious professionalism, to lead with resilience and service, and to build a more just and beautiful world.
In 2011, she founded Grow a Generation, a company dedicated to that mission. She also founded the Beaver County STEM Education Advocacy Coalition, a community based organization of professionals, teachers, and community members advocating for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and opportunities needed for 21st century jobs.
Most recently, she was invited to serve as the Founding Director of the Baden Academy Media Lab where she oversees the passion based projects of the young research fellows and works to help them develop meaningful projects that integrate arts, STEM, new media, and creativity.
Interns help develop the robotics, game design, engineering and leadership course that make up the GrowaGen LABS and Engineering Workshops. She is especially excited to form new relationship and build networks between diverse individuals eager to prepare our children to thrive in a world of global competition, exponential technological growth, and changing insights from positive psychology into what motivates and fulfills us as human beings.
She was, most recently, an adjunct professor at Duquesne University (Vita) where she taught the University Core Course Global and Cultural Perspectives. While students investigated Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim faith traditions, they learned to use the tools of scholarship to analyze the role spirituality, religion, and theology have in shaping personal, communal and global life. Students learned to edit Wikipedia, communicate new knowledge through the creation of digital artifacts, and collaborate on meaningful projects.
Her latest book, 21st Century Parenting: Grow a Generation, is a tool for parents seeking to help their kids thrive in this new conceptual age. She would be honored to inspire and motivate your group or company as a speaker or offer consult with your family, home school network, school, or after school youth engagement centers.
Dr. Ellen (the name her young students call her!) lives with her husband and youngest child in our home in Southwestern Pennsylvania.