Ms. Sarah Ellyson
Originally a high school biology teacher and residential director in the United States, Sarah Ellyson’s first experience with Middle School students began at AOSR in 1998. She was inspired by the engagement, dedication and creativity that eleven year olds could apply when they worked collaboratively at school. Together they explored the various human body systems, Krebs Cycle, biofeedback loops and not only understood it, but they made a musical about it! From that moment, she was hooked on the dynamic Middle School world.
Ms. Ellyson returned to the United States to pursue a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration at the University of Wisconsin and then assumed a Dean of Student’s role within a boarding school for a number of years. In 2006, she had the opportunity to return to Rome and AOSR as the Middle School Coordinator. She is delighted to serve in this ideal role which facilitates social, educational, emotional and organizational structures to best support the AOSR student, family and faculty community. She works with the Middle School Student Council to plan and orchestrate school events and also works closely with the school counselor to plan leadership, social and enrichment opportunities for students.
Ms. Ellyson serves on the Steering Committee for the European League of Middle Level Educators, which allows for great connections with initiatives and current trends for Middle Schools throughout Europe. She is active in AOSR’s initiatives for social awareness campaigns and enjoys spending weekend time gardening, walking her dog and exploring outdoors.