Ellen Spiegel


Master of Education, Counseling and Consulting Psychology, Harvard University, 1985

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Elementary Education, Simmons College, 1981


Massachusetts Teaching Licensure, Principal/Assistant Principal 5-8; Massachusetts Teaching Licensure, Elementary Education; Massachusetts Teaching Licensure, Middle School; Massachusetts Teaching Licensure, Special Education (prek-9); Sheltered English Immersion (SEI Endorsement)

Ellen started teaching in 1981 and has been working with children ever since. Throughout the years, she has taught and tutored students in grades 1-8 in English Language Arts and Math. She spent the last 25 years working with students with behavioral problems, mental health and substance abuse issues, and school avoidance. She has extensive experience teaching students with emotional/behavioral needs and ASD, and is Special Education-certified. She has developed and implemented curriculum in all subject areas and enjoys customizing her teaching methods to meet the specific needs of her students.

Ellen says, “I love seeing a student suddenly be able to correctly tackle something for the first time.  That is when a student starts to develop or strengthen their confidence and self-esteem. Sometimes all it takes is one-to-one attention for struggling students to understand a concept that has frustrated them. I believe teaching is not just providing information and procedure; it also lies in the ability of that teacher to understand what that individual student needs to learn.  I have written four articles for educational journals and have been a workshop presenter twelve times at national conferences on alternative education. I have a licensed therapy dog, a Golden Retriever, that I would be happy to bring with me, if requested, for tutoring sessions. I have recently retired but miss my students and am excited to stay a part of the teaching community!