Ellen moved to Maui from Los Angeles in 2004, after teaching 6th grade in an elementary school located in a low-income area for ten years. A major focus of her teaching was to incorporate project -based learning through the use of technology. In addition she worked closely with Loyola Marymount University’s Education Department as a master teacher and in aiding elementary teachers in empowering learners through technology. Ellen is currently the Alaka`ina Foundation’s Education Outreach Coordinator, providing educational support for the Digital Bus project. She facilitates a hands-on, project-based science and technology curriculum for the students of Maui Nui. In addition she writes grants for the Digital Bus project, assists in developing new environmentally based curriculum and works with school and community partners on existing projects. She lives in Kihei with her husband and two dogs, and has a passion for racing outrigger canoes as a member of Lae Ula O Kai Canoe Club.