Ellen came to Shangri La in 2010. Since 2003, Ellen has been sharing her environmental education skills in many different settings all across the U.S. From leading canoe expeditions through the wetlands in Florida, being a fishing instructor in California, and in East Texas working for a residential outdoor education center taking fifth graders on learning adventures through the piney forests. Ellen grew up in Houston, Texas and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management with an emphasis in Fisheries from Texas Tech University.