They love their friends and their teachers. They feel competent here. Every child needs a time in their day when they’re a learner and an expert, that’s how they build confidence. I think it’s important that every child has that balance of “I got this” and “I want to learn more,” so they can practice varying levels of competency each day. I love that they get to practice that competency, and learn specific skills like negotiation. I love how they are so known here and treated as individuals, and not just compared to each other—they love that too. They’re both vivacious members of their classes but in totally different ways. Their teachers push them when they need to be pushed, and are gentle with them when they need to be gentle. The individualization and understanding of kids as unique learners is very well developed here.
Why has your family prioritized and invested in an all-girls school?
It makes sense to me to have the girls commit to a school, participate in their learning, and recognize all the ways there are to be a girl. Because of the all-girls environment, all the ways of being a girl and all of the ways girls learn are celebrated. Here girls learn from each other and have role models in the older students at every age and phase. My daughters are inspired by the older students and what they do. Everything that impresses them is done by a girl. The artwork you see in the hallways or the sports stats you read, all done by a girl.
What do you hope your daughters will get out of an Ellis education?
I want them to have self-awareness and an awareness of the experiences of others. I want their curiosities and spirits to be embraced and challenged at the same time.
What doors does Ellis open for your daughter?
I’m hopeful that it won’t ever occur to them that they shouldn’t take a chance. I think an Ellis education does teach them that. Upon my graduation from Ellis, it never occurred to me that there was something I couldn’t tackle.
What in particular do you think she learns because she goes to an all-girls school?
The role-modeling she sees at Ellis is definitely unique. She learns there are all kinds of possibilities available to her and that she can do it too.
What do you want for your daughter as she grows up? What kind of opportunities do you hope she has?
That combination of self-awareness and awareness of others. I hope she has anything that she works hard for and wants. I want her to have the confidence to try new things and the resilience to switch gears if they don’t work out.