Dr. Ellen Gardiner

Instructional Designer, Humanities

As an instructional designer in humanities, Dr. Ellen Gardiner supports CenterPoint’s district customers with custom development and professional learning services.

Ellen is a seasoned educator with over 20 years of experience in teaching at both the university and high school levels. Just prior to joining the CenterPoint team, Dr. Gardiner, working as an independent consultant, supporting high profile organizations with item development. Previously, Ellen spent several years as the Director of Freshman English at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetoric, composition, and literature and trained teacher candidates. Subsequently, she taught English at Clemson University and English and Journalism courses as a nationally board-certified teacher in high schools in both North and South Carolina.

Ellen earned her BA and MA in English from Rhode Island College, and her Ph.D. in English, with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition, from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her favorite teachers were high school Humanities co-teachers Sisters Elena and Rosamund, early proponents of what is now called project-based learning in their American history and literature class. They worked hard to instill in their students that the best learning usually comes when students collaborate to answer a research question they have developed for themselves.