Mrs. Ellis | 4th & 5th Grade | Gifted Reading | Enrichment Math

Welcome to Mission Control! 

Ms. Krosse, GIS


   Kate Ellis, M.Ed.
   Gifted Intervention Specialist
   4th & 5th grade
   Reading & Mathematics
   [email protected] 

Welcome to "Mission Control," the 4th & 5th grade Gifted and Talented program at Miller South VPA!

This marks my 13th year working in urban education!  I went to Memphis, TN in 2008 as a Teach For America Corps member and then taught there for seven years in Memphis City Schools.  Four years ago, I returned to Ohio to be closer to family and was the Technology Integration Coach at Westpark Community Schools (K-8) before becoming the Gifted Intervention Specialist at King CLC.   I was thrilled when I received the opportunity to bring “Mission Control” here to Miller South! I’m excited for what this year has in store!

Fun Facts about Mrs. Ellis

💐I got married this summer! (Formerly Miss Krosse) 🌳I love going to parks! (A favorite: Silver Creek Metro Park)

😊I love anything Memphis (BBQ pulled pork and the Memphis Grizzlies for starters)

🎥I interned at Sesame Street and On-Screen Entertainment during the summer of 2007

🎓 Master of Education: Curriculum & Instruction: Gifted & Talented Learners | CSU
🎓 Teach for America Corps Member 2008 | Memphis
🎓 Teacher License: Elementary & Middle Grades | Christian Brothers University
🎓Bachelor of Science: Media Management, Economics | Ohio University

Attendee: Be About It: Unpacking White Privilege, Bias, and Anti-Racist Instruction | June 29 - July 1, 2020 | 17 hours of professional development completed (Get Your Teach On digital conference)

⭐Selected Attendee: SOLE Inquiry with Akron 3T & The Wilds
One of twenty teachers selected to attend an interactive study of how to SOLE, a
technology enriched inquiry method against the backdrop of The Wilds, one of the
world's largest wildlife conservation centers in Cumberland, Ohio

⭐STAR Teacher Award
Nominated by students for the first Miller South VPA STAR Teacher Award for being
a strong team player, who is approachable, resourceful, and supportive
⭐The Governor's Thomas Edison Award
Honored by The Ohio Academy of Science for STEM education and student research
accomplishments during the 2018-2019 school year

⭐ Ambassador Award
Honored for representing APS as a presenter at the Teach - Tech - Transform Summit
Presentation: Chillin' in the Google Classroom

Mission Control Theme:  

This year, 4th & 5th grade Gifted & Talented classes will continue to operate within the framework of a Mission Control (NASA/Space X) theme as we must BE THE CHANGE, to make the future better than the past.*“We can’t think of anything more exciting than going out there and being among the stars,” after all, WE ARE STARS!  We will relate missions, tasks, collaboration, communication, responsibilities, and roles from NASA/Space X’s Mission Control to how we work during our time together.  Beyond this, in the spirit of NASA/SpaceX astronauts and staff, we will focus on productive struggle and understanding successful failures.  

This is the theme for our classroom collaboration and organization, NOT content.  We will still do some space related tasks and projects during the course of the year, but we will also explore a variety of content in the form of aligned enrichment and extension activities (going “deeper” and “further” with the Ohio state content standards and National Gifted standards)

*From Mission Statement of Space X