Dr. Deborah Ellis came to Midway Elementary School as principal in 2017. For the previous two years, she served as assistant principal at Hilltop Elementary. She taught and was an elementary school principal in Los Angeles, and taught first grade in Costa Rica, where she led professional development workshops for visiting and local educators focused on language development and growing global citizens. Debbie graduated from Cornell University and earned her master’s in the art of teaching from American University. She completed her Ed.D. from the University of Southern California with an emphasis on K-12 educational leadership. Her a dissertation focused on skills for success in the 21st century.