Ellie Danforth has been the HFCS Global Studies II 10 teacher for the past 18 years. In addition she teaches an elective class called The World at War. She began her career teaching classes in Math, American History, French, and Music at a Schuyler Academy on the Hudson. She served as Principal for the final 2 years of her sojourn at that small boarding school in Washington County. Between her teaching positions at Schuyler Academy and Hoosick Falls Central School, Mrs. Danforth instructed the 400+ staff at Saratoga Bridges (previously known as the Saratoga ARC) in all aspects of the care and teaching of Developmentally Disabled Adults.
Mrs. Danforth has earned a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from SUNY Plattsburgh. On the way to earning that degree, Mrs. Danforth spent a semester abroad at Brunel University in London and took several Master’s level classes in Substance Abuse Counseling at Russell Sage College. Although it would not qualify as formal education, Mrs. Danforth considers the five summers she spent working as a Living History Interpreter at the Saratoga National Historical Park to have fostered her deep love of history and teaching.
In addition to her role as teacher, Mrs. Danforth is the advisor for the National Junior Honor Society. She is also a charter member of the APPR Committee and serves as Tenth Grade Team Leader. She is an enthusiastic supporter of the HFCS Drama Club. In her personal life, Mrs. Danforth is a lifetime member of NYSARC (parent organization for Saratoga Bridges).
Mrs. Danforth is an avid reader. Her favorite books include the works of Leon Uris, James Herriot, Roberta Gellis and Diana Gabaldon. Currently, Mrs. D is working on her 81st quilt. She learned to sew when she was a small child and considers the time she spends hand-quilting to be the best stress reducing activity around.
Mrs. Danforth lives in Hoosick Falls. She has a daughter, Katherine, and a son, Ethan. Both are graduates of HFCS and have graduated with honors from SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Oneonta respectively. Mrs. Danforth has two spoiled cats – both are rescue animals.
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