All photos by Ellie Clin unless otherwise noted.

Ellie Clin is an elementary educator in Toronto, Canada and a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow on expedition to Antarctica in December 2015. 

 

about me

Photo by Eric Guth

Photo by Eric Guth

I grew up in Waterloo, Ontario and spent my summers on Lake Manitou, Manitoulin Island, the largest lake on the largest freshwater island in the world. I completed my undergraduate degree at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where I focused my studies on young children’s reading development and graduated with the Medal in Linguistics. I received a Master’s of Arts in Child Study & Education from the Jackman Institute of Child Studies, University of Toronto, and have since acquired a number of additional teaching qualifications in subjects such as Environmental Education and Native Studies.

I currently teach in Toronto at an alternative public school. I am passionate about taking my students outdoors to learn about their local community and their connections to the wider world. Through hands-on, inquiry-based projects like collecting milkweed seeds to grow a monarch way station, participating in cultural ambassador programs with students around the world, and creating short films to promote environmental awareness, I hope to inspire my students to appreciate, reason, and communicate about our world. 

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Whether boarding down volcanos in Nicaragua, climbing sand dunes in Morocco, or riding the Tokyo subway during rush hour, I love to seek out adventures that expand my world view and inspire my teaching. I am thrilled to represent National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, and hope that it will inspire incredible learning, stewardship, and a lifelong love of nature for my students.


Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
— Nelson Mandela

My Qualifications 

  • Ontario Certified Teacher, Primary/Junior divisions
  • Native Studies, Intermediate
  • Additional Qualification, Environmental Education Parts 1, 2, & 3
  • Additional Qualification, Special Education Part 1
  • Additional Qualification, Primary Education Parts 1 & 2
  • Additional Qualification, Kindergarten Part 1
  • National Geographic Certified Educator 
  • Grosvenor Teacher Fellow 
  • Project WILD Facilitator/Trainer