Meet Ms Ellis

Position at Clarendon: Deputy Head of Middle School and Deputy Head of English

  1. How long have you been working at Clarendon?
    I started at Clarendon in 2014 as a graduate teacher. Since then I’ve taught English from Year 4 to Year 12 and I have been a House teacher across the Sturt Street campus.
  2. What does your current role entail (including teaching subjects)?
    I currently teach Year 6 and Year 12 English and I am the Deputy Head of English. As part of the English leadership team, I help track student progress and look for areas where we can refine the curriculum to better meet students at their point of need. This year, I also started a new role as Deputy Head of Middle School, which is a lot of fun and very rewarding.
  3. What do you enjoy most about your role at Clarendon?
    The thing I enjoy most about my role is being able to see the development of students both in the short term and over time. There is something very special about seeing the moment that a concept “clicks” for a student or when they achieve a goal they have been working towards. Students grow a lot from their first day on this campus in Year 5 to their last day of Year 12 and, recently, I have been able to catch up with some former students at their reunions. I also love that I am in a career where I am constantly learning and am very fortunate to work with such intelligent, generous and kind colleagues.
  4. Aside from your teaching role, have you taken part in any other activities with the students (eg. co-curriculars etc)?
    Previously, I’ve been involved with the rowing program coaching Year 9 and 10 and, more recently, I’ve been coaching Junior Girls Volleyball.
  5. What else do you do in your spare time?
    I like to spend time with my friends and family and take my very spoiled dog, Clementine, for walks. I also love to travel and am fortunate enough to be heading to Italy and Portugal on Long Service Leave.